Podcast: Margaret Atwood in conversation

Poet, novelist and essayist, Margaret Atwood has published 18 novels. Among her best known works are the Booker Prize finalists Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, and Oryx and Crake, the Booker Prize winning The Blind Assassin and The Testaments, and of course The Handmaid’s Tale.

In 2017, the year in which The Handmaid’s Tale had gained fresh attention having begun its adaptation as a television series, Atwood made an exclusive London appearance to join us here in our Royal Festival Hall.

Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Gaby Wood by Southbank Centre


In these highlights from that Southbank Centre appearance, Margaret Atwood reads from her most famous of work. And then, in conversation with journalist and Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gaby Wood, she discusses not only her career, but the past, present and future of her best-known novel and the real world it reflects.


The whole book in a way is an answer to the question: if the United Stated was going to have a totalitarianism, what type of totalitarianism would it have?
Margaret Atwood on 'The Handmaid's Tale'


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