Margaret Atwood. Once in August. I am invited to the family island of Margaret Atwood in the Canadian wilderness. Margaret is Canada’s most famous writer, the author of numerous novels and poetry, including The Handmaid’s Tale, recently made into a television series. We meet her family, her parents, her partner and her daughter, on the small wooded Isle. I try to find out whether her novels are at all autobiographical. It’s an awkward business because she patiently explains that they are not, and I persist. Despite a certain tension, something interesting comes through. I heard later that she was very happy to have the touching sequences, shot with her Mum and Dad as souvenirs of two lovely people .