The Handmaid's Return

3 October 2019 #597

Cover Story: The Handmaid's Return

“You don’t believe the sky is falling in until a chunk of it falls on you,” warns Aunt Lydia in The Testaments – Margaret Atwood’s much-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.

It’s been 34 years in the waiting, and The Testaments is already the biggest book of the year. It was nominated for a Booker Prize even before its official release and is topping bestseller lists around the world, with a hardback copy selling every four seconds in the UK.

In this edition, we discover why The Testaments is a story of hope and defiance in the face of great evil. And we look at the legacy of the original Handmaid’s, the top-rating TV show, and why the red-cloaked Handmaid has become a global symbol of resistance at a time when women’s rights are being fiercely debated.

Also in this edition:

• Hairspray director John Waters talks trouble. Actually, he demands we all cause it, ahead of his local speaking tour.

• In Letter to My Younger Self, actor Fiona Shaw talks Fleabag, Killing Eve and working with current Hollywood darling Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

• We speak to Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials, who continues to campaign for a more peaceful world more than 70 years later.

• We head to Australia’s heavy metal capital – Perth – to rock out with some of the scene’s leading bands.

Vendor Tour Guide takes us to Athens, as we tour the ancient sites with Shedia vendor Michael.

• In Tastes Like Home, TV presenter Sally Obermeder and her sister Maha share a healthy family recipe for Middle Eastern Lamb Chops with Pearl Couscous Tabouli.

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