What the critics thought of MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood, The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed and Unexploded by Alison MacLeodLast week’s TLS made Margaret Atwood its cover star, but its review of MaddAddam was by no means as lionising as its readers might expect. Ruth Scurr regretfully identified “glitches” – “her ear for dialogue is unsteady”, and the introductory recap of her dystopian trilogy’s first two instalments is “leaden” – before reaching the less than thrilling verdict that the concluding novel is “the work of a wild, subversive writer who has looked long and hard at her craft”. Other critics displayed more enthusiasm. In the Independent, Michèle Roberts tut-tutted that “the gender politics remain fairly conventional”, and noted that the novel “zigzags” between several genres. Yet “behind the apparent disorder Atwood the conjuror remains in firm control”. The Sunday Times’s Peter Kemp praised her “deadpan wit, intellectual sizzle and sensuous immediacy”, calling MaddAddam “a dystopia over which Atwood sets swirling a glitterball of different sorts of fiction”. In the Independent on Sunday, James Kidd found it “an extraordinary achievement … Atwood’s body of work will last precisely because she has told us about ourselves.”In a Man Booker longlist …read more

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