The original book that inspired hit series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is to get a sequel next year.

Author Margaret Atwood announced that ‘The Testaments’ will be released in September 2019, picking up 15 years after the original book left off.

The television adaption of the original book has been hugely successful, attracting viewers from around the globe.

The Handmaid’s Tale revolves around a totalitarian society in what was once part of the United States, which treats women as property of a state riddled with a plummeting birth rate.

The few remaining fertile women are forced into ‘sexual servitude’ in an attempt to repopulate their world, with the show focusing on one of the women, Offred, as she tries to find her daughter.

In a press release, 79 year old Canadian Atwood said: “Dear Readers, everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book [The Testaments].

Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”

The new novel – pegged for release on September 10th next year – will not be connected to the television adaption of the original 1985 book, as the TV series has now gone beyond Atwood’s original novel in order to continue Offred’s story.