The newly announced sequel, The Testaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale and is narrated by three female characters. It is due for publication in September 2019.
Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.
Following the election of Donald Trump in 2016, and the subsequent release of Hulu’s successful television adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes, the novel shot straight back to the top of bestseller lists.
As a society, we’ve never needed Margaret Atwood more. The moment the van door slams on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most brilliantly ambiguous endings in literature. I cannot wait to find out what’s been going on in Atwood’s Gilead – and what that might tell us about our own times.
The Testaments is not connected to the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.
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Ben Quilty on the book that should be in every school, lounge room and library
In 2016, Archibald Prize-winning artist Ben Quilty travelled with Richard Flanagan to places where the Syrian refugee crisis was peaking.
He had no idea what to make of the experience until he met a young girl named Heba, and asked her to draw him a picture of her home.
This was the birth of his book Home: Drawings by Syrian Children.
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