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The Handmaid's Tale

(1985)
A novel by

 
 
A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick
Now a Hulu Original Series


The Handmaid's Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment's calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid's Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-224-10193-5 / 978-0-224-10193-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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March 2019 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7710-0684-5 / 978-0-7710-0684-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel): A Novel
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-385-53924-X / 978-0-385-53924-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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September 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-78470-823-2 / 978-1-78470-823-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-4328-3847-4 / 978-1-4328-3847-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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April 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-328-87994-1 / 978-1-328-87994-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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December 1992 : UK Board book
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (New Windmills KS4)
Author(s): Ms Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-435-12409-9 / 978-0-435-12409-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann
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November 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-4088-0295-3 / 978-1-4088-0295-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 1-4395-0143-2 / 978-1-4395-0143-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-26
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October 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-307-26460-2 / 978-0-307-26460-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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September 2006 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7710-0874-0 / 978-0-7710-0874-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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September 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-84159-301-X / 978-1-84159-301-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Everyman
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March 1998 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-8085-9829-5 / 978-0-8085-9829-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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April 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 0-606-18124-5 / 978-0-606-18124-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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January 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 0-395-40425-8 / 978-0-395-40425-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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April 1987 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 0-8161-4172-X / 978-0-8161-4172-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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March 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-224-02348-9 / 978-0-224-02348-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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February 1986 : Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 5551420116 / 978-5551420118
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
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January 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 0-517-67174-3 / 978-0-517-67174-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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January 1985 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7710-0813-9 / 978-0-7710-0813-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-78487-487-6 / 978-1-78487-487-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-78487-318-7 / 978-1-78487-318-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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May 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-4328-3848-2 / 978-1-4328-3848-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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April 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Movie Tie-in)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-525-43500-X / 978-0-525-43500-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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March 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (TV Tie-in Edition)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7352-5330-7 / 978-0-7352-5330-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Handmaids Tale (Vintage Future)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-78487-096-X / 978-1-78487-096-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Future
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August 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-78487-144-3 / 978-1-78487-144-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics
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September 2011 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7710-0879-1 / 978-0-7710-0879-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale: Vintage 21 (Vintage 21st Anniv Editions)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-09-956314-2 / 978-0-09-956314-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-09-951166-5 / 978-0-09-951166-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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September 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Reading Guide Edition)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-09-949695-X / 978-0-09-949695-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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May 1999 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7710-0855-4 / 978-0-7710-0855-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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1986 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7704-2820-7 / 978-0-7704-2820-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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March 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-385-49081-X / 978-0-385-49081-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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January 1997 : UK Paperback

Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-09-976481-4 / 978-0-09-976481-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-09-974501-1 / 978-0-09-974501-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-09-974091-5 / 978-0-09-974091-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 0-449-44829-0 / 978-0-449-44829-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett Books
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January 1985 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 0-606-03797-7 / 978-0-606-03797-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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December 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-449-21260-2 / 978-0-449-21260-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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August 1986 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7704-2263-2 / 978-0-7704-2263-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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June 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 0-8161-4171-1 / 978-0-8161-4171-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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August 1986 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7704-2115-6 / 978-0-7704-2115-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
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Audio Editions

November 2017 : Audio CD

Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-5436-6571-3 / 978-1-5436-6571-0
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2017 : Audio CD

Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-5436-6572-1 / 978-1-5436-6572-7
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale TV Tie-In Edition
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-5436-6190-4 / 978-1-5436-6190-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale TV Tie-In Edition
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-5436-6191-2 / 978-1-5436-6191-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: FREE - The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
Author(s): Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: FREE - The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
Author(s): Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
Author(s): Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
Author(s): Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
Author(s): Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
Publisher: Audible Studios
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April 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
Author(s): Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-4915-1911-8 / 978-1-4915-1911-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (The Classic Collection)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-4805-5996-2 / 978-1-4805-5996-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (The Classic Collection)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-4805-6010-3 / 978-1-4805-6010-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Audible Studios
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June 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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June 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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June 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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September 2004 : Canada Audio CD
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Michael O'Brien
ISBN: 0-86492-341-4 / 978-0-86492-341-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
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March 2004 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood, Michael O'Brien
ISBN: 0-563-52463-4 / 978-0-563-52463-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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March 2004 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-563-52458-8 / 978-0-563-52458-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Radio
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February 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Eleanor Atwood
ISBN: 1-55690-216-6 / 978-1-55690-216-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2002 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-4361-7985-8 / 978-1-4361-7985-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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January 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale: A BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC Radio Collection)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-563-55356-1 / 978-0-563-55356-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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October 1990 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-7451-6808-6 / 978-0-7451-6808-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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September 1995 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Handmaid's Tale (Lansdowne Lectures, A-Level Series: English)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-86008-212-2 / 978-1-86008-212-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fast Forward Educational Adventures Ltd
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July 1991 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 1-85686-049-3 / 978-1-85686-049-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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December 1987 : Canada Audio Cassette

Title: The handmaid's tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 0-88646-214-2 / 978-0-88646-214-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Dh Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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March 2019 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel): A Novel
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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May 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Emblem Editions
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February 1986 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author(s): Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Availability: Amazon