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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017



Selected as a Book of the Year - Observer, Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, New Statesman, i magazine



Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other. It will boost his reputation. It will heal emotional wounds.



Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. Also brewing revenge.



After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Film, TV & DramaTheatrePlays, playscriptsShakespeare plays Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 03/08/2017 ISBN-13: 9780099594024  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays including The Handmaid's Tale, the Booker-winning The Blind Assassin, the MaddAddam trilogy and her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last. Her work has received many awards around the world. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. Her first encounters with Shakespeare took place in the 1950s at her Toronto high school, and she has consistently named him as one of the most important influences on her own work. 'The Tempest is, in some ways, an early multi-media musical. If Shakespeare were working today he'd be using every special effect technology now makes available. But The Tempest is especially intriguing because of the many questions it leaves unanswered. What a strenuous pleasure it has been to wrestle with it!'

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I really enjoyed this book - it's a clever retelling of 'The Tempest' and I particularly enjoyed the end of the novel when the inmates of the penitentiary suggest what happens to the characters after the play finishes. There's the suspense of finding out whether Felix's planned revenge succeeds and an engaging range of prisoners take on the roles of the 'play within a novel'! Atwood offers some interesting insights into the play whilst providing something of a romp through Shakespeare! I look forward to reading more of the Hogarth Press's retellings of Shakespeare.

- 11/01/2018
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