Sunday, 8 September 2019 Canadian author Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," about a United States taken over by Christian zealots who force women to serve as sex slaves and child bearers for a powerful elite, became a bestseller and an Emmy-winning TV series. It has also introduced the iconography of Gilead into today's political discussions. Now, Atwood has penned a sequel, "The Testaments," which has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She tells correspondent Martha Teichner that while she wrote the books as a warning, she does not see herself as a prophet.
Margaret Atwood reads from and discusses her followup to 'The Handmaid's Tale', 'The Testaments'. Plus, the Canadian author, whose novel was published today, says it tells the story of "the beginning of the end" of Gilead.