Handmaid’s Tale Big News

Handmaid’s Tale Big News

More than 30 years after the release of The Handmaid’s Tale, best-selling author Margaret Atwood has announced that she will be writing a sequel.

Scheduled for publication on the 10th of September 2019, the follow-up novel is called The Testament, and will be set 15 years after the conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Atwood announced the news on her Twitter, telling readers that the novel will be narrated by three female characters. It’s exciting news for devoted Atwood fans who have long wished to further explore the feminist dystopia that Atwood famously created in The Handmaid’s Tale.

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is
the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything!” Atwood said, adding that “The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”

The Handmaid’s Tale, set in a fictional re-imagining of New England where the US government has been overthrown and replaced by a totalitarian state known as ‘Gilead’, tells the story of women deprived of their basic rights and reproductive freedoms.

Having been recently adapted into a critically acclaimed television series, The Handmaid’s Tale remains to this day one of the world’s most important dystopian novels. With the television series now preparing for its third season, Atwood has made it clear that the follow-up novel will be written separately to the series, as a direct carry-on from the first novel.

We personally can’t wait to read The Testament – can you?

Publisher details

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
Random House
01 December, 2010


Discover the dystopian novel that started a phenomenon before you read the Booker Prize-winning sequel The Testaments. Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford - her assigned name, Offred, means 'of Fred'. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs. Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.
Margaret Atwood
About the author

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias GraceThe Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Its sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019 and was a global number one bestseller and won the Booker Prize. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Books by Margaret Atwood


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  1. Danielle Raquidel says:

    Hardly a fiction with the new move in
    Ohio women are losing the control of their own reproductive rights. Backlash all over again


    The TV series carries on way past the end of the book, how come?