Description Hag-Seed is a re-visiting of Shakespeare’s play of magic and illusion, The Tempest, and will be the fourth novel in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. The Tempest is set on a remote island full of strange noises and creatures. Here, Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, plots to restore the fortunes of his daughter Miranda by using magic and illusion -- starting with a storm that will bring Antonio, his treacherous brother, to him. All Prospero, the great sorcerer, needs to do is watch as the action he has set in train unfolds. In Margaret Atwood’s ‘novel take’ on Shakespeare’s original, theatre director Felix has been unceremoniously ousted from his role 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. There’s a lot of Shakespearean swearing in this new Tempest adventure…but also a mischief, curiosity and vigour that’s entirely Atwood and is sure to delight her fans.
Hag-Seed - Staff Choice by Iris This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which Shakespeare’s works are retold by bestselling novelists. Hag-Seed is based on The Tempest, a play I studied in university but honestly didn’t enjoy that much. This book really worked for me, though. It’s cleverly done, with the adaptation of The Tempest as a frame narration for the actual play, which is also in the book, and a lot of puns and plays on names. I’d never read any Atwood before I got my hands on this book, but I’m definitely planning to read more of her works now!