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The release of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is one of the biggest literary moments of the year. Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale author have been awaiting this release forever and it’s safe to say they will not be disappointed.

It has already been shortlisted for The Book Prize 2019 and it hasn’t even hit bookshops yet.

Chair of Booker Judges, Peter Florence said, “[It is] a savage and beautiful novel, and it speaks to us today, all around the world, with particular conviction and power… The bar is set particularly high for Atwood and she soars over it… I can’t wait for everyone to read it.”

The Testaments will answer everything readers have wanted to know about Gilead and its inner workings. Atwood said, “The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in,” so there’s no doubt this tale with hit home, especially for female readers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Atwood brings the iconic Handmaid’s Tale story to a dramatic conclusion in this gripping sequel. More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood will cement itself in the literary world and become one of the most iconic books of our time.

Published by Penguin on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

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Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to her novel The Handmaid's Tale. 

The new offering is reported to be inspired by the current state of the modern world.

In a statement, Atwood said: 'Dear Readers, everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.'

The new book, called The Testaments, will be published on 10 September 2019.

The original novel, written in 1985, has since sold over 8 million copies. 

The book was then adapted into an exceptionally popular two-series TV show in 2017 and 2018 respectively. 

The show has been nominated for 18 Emmy Awards across both series, of which it has won 6.

The handmaid's red capes and white bonnets became synonymous as symbols of an oppressive society, symbolism which was used in marches to repeal the 8th amendment in Ireland ahead of the landmark referendum in May, and in America in protest against POTUS Donald Trump. 

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Fan of Alias Grace and The Handmaids Tale?

Get ready, because not one, not two but three more of Margaret Atwood's novels are being adapted for the small screen. 

According to Deadline, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have bought the rights to the MaddAddam trilogy.

 

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The trilogy is made up of the novels Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam.

The books follow the story from multiple points of view of a world desolated by a genetic pandemic caused by global corporations. 

The novels depict the struggle to survive as some of the last humans on earth in a desolate landscape. 

They mostly follow the story of the lead character Jimmy, but multiple other character plot lines are intertwined in his. 

'We’re thrilled to be bringing MaddAddam Trilogy to television' Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Bard Dorros told Deadline.

'The worlds of Oryx & Crake, The Year of the Flood and MadAddam beautifully illustrate the extraordinary range of Margaret Atwood’s imagination and go deeply afield in time and global evolution presenting fascinating opportunities to dramatize the wildest vision of the future ever shown on television.'

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The Handmaid's Tale has definitely been one of the most stand-out series of the year so far.

The TV adaptation of the book under the same name blew us away from start to finish, and many believe it relates to issues women face today (the book was first published in 1985).

Well, the author of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, recently spoke to The Boston Review, and in between discussing the rise of Donald Trump and speculative fiction, another conversation came about.

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If you don't know already, Margaret is from Canada. And while being interviewed with fellow author Junot Díaz, he pointed out that along with Margaret, the other great person to come out of Canada recently is Drake.

Yep, the rapper Drake.

Junot began by saying, "I just think that, Canada– I’ll say this to the whole nation – you are missing a great opportunity to put these two folks together. Have you listened to his music? Do you have any opinions?"

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To which Margaret replied, "Wouldn’t it be fun for him to have a cameo in season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale?"

She continued, "I’ll drop that notion into the ear of Bruce Miller, the showrunner, and see what he can do with that, because of course the show is filmed in Toronto. Maybe Drake could help smuggle someone?"

OK, yes! How awesome would it be if Drake popped up and helped the revolution?!

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