Many readers shared their first experiences. Some, like A Life in Books and HeavenAli and Karen and I, found it hard to pinpoint the specific book which twigged their interest in the late ‘80s.
The classic Virago Modern green-spines or one of the chunky pocket books? Was it The Handmaid’s Tale, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, The Edible Woman, Bluebeard’s Egg, Cat’s Eye or Bodily Harm?
Others specifically recall their first Atwood. For Kat and Debbie it was The Edible Woman.
For Rebecca and Lisa, it was The Blind Assassin.
For Naomi and Laila and Cathy, it was The Robber Bride.
(The winner for Most Firsts appears below – there’s still time to guess! And there was one reader for each of the following as their “first”: Cat’s Eye, Oryx and Crake and Lady Oracle. Was it you? You’ll find those below too.)