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Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale comes to life in London

Aug 3, 2017

Handmaids inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage) appeared in London on Friday 28th July to mark the finale of the television adaptation on Channel 4. Six handmaids walked a path through London past major landmarks and bookshops.

The Handmaid’s Tale has been in the bestseller charts around the world since the series began airing. In 2017, year to date UK sales of the book are up 932% across all editions, strongly bolstered by the TV adaptation. The e-book edition has been number one on the Weekly E-Ranking five times since the end of May, and was number one on the Monthly E-Ranking for June.

The Handmaid’s Tale was originally published in 1985 and is a speculative novel set in the near future in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead. With fertility in sharp decline, women’s reproductive rights and freedoms are tightly controlled by the authoritarian government. It has been described by Angela Carter as “both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story.”

Photo credit © Kevin Lake 2017