Women’s rights in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The War on Women by Sue Lloyd Roberts
Almost every line in the former’s beautiful and extraordinary work is quotable. Atwood has skilfully applied the concept of ‘unwoman’. And now having also read Sue Lloyd Roberts’ The War on Women I am further developing the knowledge I applied when I wrote The Smile, which incidentally was before reading either of the above. In fact, I sought out books such as these because of the interest I developed whilst researching for The Smile. My research then mostly involved current accounts in the news and in TV documentaries. To some extent the more I discovered the more shocked I became, yet only a little was as graphic as Sue Lloyd Roberts’ first-hand journalistic accounts. I’m sorry to say my imagination came close. And I’m glad to say I avoided anything that could be dismissed as sensationalism.