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Margaret Atwood says thieves targeted Handmaid’s Tale sequel

Margaret Atwood says thieves targeted Handmaid’s Tale sequel

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Margaret Atwood says thieves made concerted efforts to steal her manuscript for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale.The author and her publisher were targeted by "fake emails" from "cyber criminals", trying to obtain the unpublished novel, she told the BBC.She described the attempts as a "phishing exercise" that could have led to blackmail or identity theft."It was a commercial venture of a robbery kind," Atwood said."People were trying to steal it. Really, they were trying to steal it and we had to use a lot of code words and passwords," she told BBC arts correspondent Rebecca Jones."What would they have done with it if they had succeeded? They might have said, 'We've got the manuscri...
Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie on Booker Prize shortlist

Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie on Booker Prize shortlist

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Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie are among the six authors shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize.Atwood is in contention again with The Testaments, her eagerly awaited follow-up to The Handmaid's Tale, while Sir Salman makes the cut with Quichotte.Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Elif Shafak and US author Lucy Ellmann are also up for the prize.Both Atwood and Rushdie have won the coveted prize before, in 2000 and 1981 respectively.Atwood also made the shortlist with The Handmaid's Tale in 1986.The Testaments, which is set 15 years after the end of that novel, will be officially published next week.The winner, whittled down from 151 submissions and a longlist of 13, will be announced on 14 October. Handmaid's Tale sequel...
Margaret Atwood: 'If the ocean dies, so do we'

Margaret Atwood: 'If the ocean dies, so do we'

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The celebrated author Margaret Atwood has told a conference that humanity's future is linked to the survival of ocean ecosystems.Commenting on ocean plastic pollution, she said: "Something has to be done... If the ocean dies; end of us." Ms Atwood was speaking at the Under Her Eye summit in London.The conference, held at the British Library, also heard that climate change disproportionately affects women on a global scale.In addition, their voices are "too rarely heard" in top level climate change discussions.Aiming to tackle key environmental issues "from a female perspective", the event hosted a range of policy makers, artists and scientists.Having written frequently in her novels about the impacts of climate change, Ms Atwood described the conditions w...