The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian novel set in an environmentally ravaged North America, was first published in 1985. It quickly became a classic, touching on issues such as state-sanctioned violence and women’s reproductive rights. More than 8 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide.
The Handmaid’s Tale returned to the bestseller lists about the time of US President Donald Trump’s election. In 2017, the book was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning television series starring Elisabeth Moss and Australia’s own Yvonne Strahovski. The handmaids from both the book and TV show, dressed in signature red capes, have since become a global symbol of resistance to misogyny and oppression.
Atwood surprised her global fan base earlier this year with the release of a Handmaid’s Tale sequel called The Testaments. The book flew off shelves and topped the bestselling charts in all English-language territories.
Tickets to Atwood’s events go on sale to the general public from midday on Friday, November 29. The tour starts on Sunday, February 16, at the Sydney Harbour Theatre before she heads to Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart and Perth.