True crime drama focuses on the inequality and degradation of working-class women in service in the 19th century.
Even now, 350 years after his birth, the great Irish satirist Jonathan Swift remains as sharp and relevant as ever.
Is this actually a possible future?
The release of TV program The Handmaid's Tale and a study on male sperm numbers have left some worried about the future of human fertility.
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Troupes of women in flowing red capes are turning up all over the US to remind us that reproductive rights are under threat.
Women dressed as handmaids promoting the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.
Brian Snyder, Reuters
With a new TV series based on the novel - and its bleak vision of women's rights - The Handmaid's Tale is riding a new wave of popularity.
Every crystal ball has a shelf life, even the most prescient.
A wax model of Ernest Hemingway at Madame Tussauds in New York.
Bob Dylan is now a literary celebrity. And next week, the Booker Prize judges will anoint another. The tag is still chiefly attached to men but women authors shouldn't despair: fame and good writing can be uneasy bedfellows.