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Margaret Atwood 'is Caroline Lucas' literary hero'

10th May 2010

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has revealed that Canadian author and social campaigner Margaret Atwood is her literary hero.

The politician, who became the Green Party's first MP in last week's general election, wrote in the Guardian that she does not have time to read as much as she would like to due to the demands of work, but finds herself constantly returning to Atwood's books.

'She is an expert in crafting rich, sensuous, almost magical landscapes - then populating them with vibrant and complex characters, displaying an almost uncanny understanding of human nature,' she explained.

Lucas also noted Atwood's pleasure in 'demolishing received wisdom' and her insistence on leaving the reader with more questions than answers.

The Handmaid's Tale was singled out as a book which showcases the writer's feminist and visionary themes, while Alias Grace is a 'mischievous' work which distorts the line between truth and fiction.

At the weekend, Atwood accepted the USD 1 million Dan David Prize for literature at a ceremony at Tel Aviv University, sharing the honour with Indian author Amitav Ghosh.

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