Press release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Toronto; October 25, 2022)

HarperCollinsCanada announced today that it will publish THE FUTURE by bestselling author Naomi Alderman. The acclaimed author of The Power, Alderman’s writing has been praised as “our era’s Handmaid’s Tale” by the Washington Post. The book topped Barack Obama’s list of his favorite books of 2017, was recommended by Bill Gates, and was awarded the Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction. Amazon will be launching the TV adaptation of the novel in 2023, starring Toni Collette.

A compulsive technological thriller, THE FUTURE is a tour de force of intelligence and storytelling, marrying white-knuckle narrative propulsion with an intellectually dazzling critique of the world we have made, in which a few billionaires profit on the lives of many and lead us willingly to our doom.

Jennifer Lambert, Editor-in-Chief at HarperCollinsCanada, acquired Canadian, first serial, and audio rights from Simon Lipskar at Writers House on behalf of Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates in the UK. The book is scheduled for publication in fall 2023. Additionally, rights were sold in the US to Simon & Schuster and in the UK to 4th Estate.

Of the acquisition, Jennifer Lambert says, “With THE FUTURE, Naomi Alderman has redefined fearless, page-turning fiction. This novel is a thriller, a warning shot, and a deeply layered examination of how we are stumbling forward, eyes open yet willfully blind to consequences.  It is a dream to publish an author as accomplished as Naomi, and we are thrilled to have her join HarperCollinsCanada as a cornerstone of the fiction program going forward.”

Naomi explains, “THE FUTURE is a novel which has almost been dictated to me by the roiling urgency of the world today—the opportunity and the despair, the great hopes and the terrible fears. I’ve always believed that the novel can ‘bring the news’. So that’s what I’m hoping to do: to sketch a way forward from where we are now. With explosions. And drone swarms. And a love story.”

Naomi Alderman is most recently the bestselling author of The Power, which was won the Bailey’s Womens Prize for Fiction, and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and more. Alderman is also the author of The Liars’ Gospel and Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers. She is the cocreator and lead writer of the bestselling smartphone audio adventure app Zombies, Run!.

About HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Known worldwide for the quality of its list, HarperCollinsCanada is the proud home of many bestselling authors, including Thomas King, Elliot Page, Zoe Whittall, Esi Edugyan, Michelle Good, Heather O’Neill, Lawrence Hill, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Mark Sakamoto, Ayelet Tsabari, Emily St. John Mandel, Tracey Lindberg, Tara Westover, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Rachel Cusk, David A. Robertson, Uzma Jalaluddin, Kim Fu, Karen McBride, Ellen Keith, Jael Richardson, and Emma Donoghue, among many more found at

HarperCollins Publishers is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalogue of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at

Date Posted

October 28, 2022


Lauren Morocco