The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage) will be shown in the UK on Channel 4 this month after the channel acquired rights to the drama series.
The series, which launched in the US at the end of April, stars Elizabeth Moss as Offred and Joseph Fiennes as the Commander, while Atwood herself has appeared in a cameo role.
The novel, first published in 1986, stormed the charts following the election of Donald Trump as US president, alongside other dystopian classics including George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (Signet) which reached the overall number one spot in the US in February.
According to Vintage, sales across all its editions of the novel, across home and export, are up 345% for the period November 2016 – May 2017 compared to the same period last year, and lifetime sales across UK and export editions have now passed 1 million. Meanwhile the US edition has topped the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks in a row since the series started on Hulu on 26th April 2017.
Vintage will publish a film tie-in edition to coincide with the TV release in the UK, complete with a new introduction by Atwood.