31 Dec 2023

2017: Margaret Atwood

From Kim Hill Collection, 5:00 am on 31 December 2023
A smiling older woman (Margaret Atwood), text reads "2017, Margaret Atwood"

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Canadian author Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel ‘The Handmaid's Tale’ was, in 2017, enjoying a resurgence of interest. The dystopian totalitarian United States that it depicts came to life in a TV series of the same name. It was likened to living under Donald Trump’s presidency. Kim Hill talks with Atwood during this time about how the series had begun to hit a modern nerve, and whether it was good news or bad for the series to have a fresh lease of life.

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