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Margaret Atwood: a high priestess of fiction who embraces the digital age | Claire Armitstead

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The Handmaid’s Tale’s rapturous reception on the small screen reminds us of its ever-energetic author’s spooky prescience

Once or twice in a generation, a novel appears that vaults out of the literary corral to become a phenomenon, familiar to people the world over who have never read the book: George Orwell’s 1984 is one and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is another.

So it’s perhaps not surprising that a new 10-part TV series based on the novel has struck a chord. Starring Elisabeth Moss as handmaid Offred, the series launched in the US last month and comes to the UK later this month trailing superlatives.

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