Now Autumn has officially arrived, there’s no better time to hunker down and lose yourself in an audiobook. Eminent Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood has been nominated for the Booker prize on five occasions (winning once with her influential work, The Blind Assassin.) Her recent novels have focused on a dystopian universe in the future but, in her most recent offering, Atwood cleverly takes the historical basis of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as inspiration.
This time, as opposed to centring on magic and deception at the hands of Prospero, theatre director Felix is the protagonist, wracked by a desire for vengeance after being unceremoniously ousted from his job as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Festival. When he lands a job teaching theatre in a prison, the possibility of revenge presents itself – and his cast find themselves taking part in an interactive and illusion-ridden version of The Tempest that will change their lives forever…
Make yourself a mug of hot chocolate and settle down to listen to the first chapter here, read by Robert Holmes Thomson.
Want to get your hands on a copy of this book? Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Hogarth) is published on 11th October