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Life Before Man
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  • Published: 8 November 1996
  • ISBN: 9780099741015
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99
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Life Before Man


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'A splendid work...superb' - Marilyn French

Life Before Man explores the lives of three people imprisoned by walls of their own construction and in thrall to the tragicomedy we call love.

Elizabeth, with her controlled sensuality and suppressed rage, has just lost her latest lover to suicide. Nate, her gentle, indecisive husband, is planning to leave her for Lesje, a perennial innocent who prefers dinosaurs to men. Hanging over them all is the ghost of Elizabeth's dead lover, and the dizzying threat of three lives careening inevitably towards the same climax.

  • Pub date: 8 November 1996
  • ISBN: 9780099741015
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam Trilogy. Her 1985 classic The Handmaid's Tale went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him; and the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Sales of the English language edition have now topped 8 million copies worldwide.

Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Praise for Life Before Man

“A modern saga...she has a fine ear for words and a quick wit for absudities”

The Times

“An extraordinary imagination - witty, light-footed, realistic, yet with shooting insights into the nature of personality and love”

Isabel Quigley, Financial Times

“Mordant intelligence; formidable insight into the springs of human self-deception, self-aggrandisement and self-destruction; and an effortless, always vivid style”

Jeffrey Meyers, Spectator

“Beautifully written and constructed... A rich and elegant achievement”

Peter Kemp, Listener


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