Margaret Atwood has confirmed she’s writing a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
The 79-year-old, who released the original in 1985, announced the upcoming novel will be called “The Testaments” and is expected to be published in September 2019.
Atwood also confirmed the eagerly anticipated sequel will be set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and will be narrated by three female characters.
Kristin Cochrane, Penguin Random House Canada CEO, said in a press release: “As the enormous recent success of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has reminded us, Margaret Atwood is one of the greatest writers and most relevant thinkers of our time.
“To return with her to Gilead is a rare gift, and all of us at Penguin Random House Canada and McClelland & Stewart are very proud to continue our long relationship with Margaret, and excited to publish this brilliant next chapter in a story that has captivated Canadian readers for decades.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” saw Offred attempt to survive a terrifying world that treated women as property of the state, with the few remaining fertile women being forced into sexual servitude.
In 2017, the TV adaptation of the book starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes was unveiled and Atwood’s novel has spent 88 weeks back on the New York Times bestseller list.
The series has been nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, winning six across two series. A third series is currently in production.
The Canadian writer’s big news comes after she confirmed that everything in the highly acclaimed book happened in real life.
She explained in a video promoting her masterclass online creative writing tutorial: “When I wrote ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, nothing went into it that had not happened in real life somewhere at some time.
“The reason I made that rule is that I didn’t want anybody saying, ‘You certainly have an evil imagination, you made up all these bad things.’ I didn’t make them up.”