The Testaments (Paperback)
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The Testaments (Paperback)

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Published: 01/09/2020
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Waterstones Says

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for 33 years: What happened to Offred? Since 1985, Margaret Atwood's vision has only grown in significance, becoming a rallying call around the world. Now The Testaments finally reveals, for the very first time, Margaret Atwood's vision of Gilead's future.

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2020

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019

Joint Winner of the Booker Prize 2019

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel. 

Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.' - Margaret Atwood

Launched to widespread acclaim at our flagship Piccadilly shop, Margaret Atwood's Booker-winning sequel to The Handmaid's Tale is undoubtedly the story for our times.

Picking up ten years after its predecessor’s tantalisingly open-ended conclusion, The Testaments provides a new window into Atwood’s dystopian world, as seen through the eyes of three women of Gilead: a girl brought up within its confines, another on the run beyond its walls, and a woman at the very heart of the regime’s dark designs with secrets of her own. Each has a unique perspective on the world of Gilead and each will be crucial in deciding its fate.

Effortlessly combining a piercing critique of gender, oppression and authoritarianism with the whip-smart pace of the purest literary thriller, The Testaments is devastating in its immediacy whilst remaining a timeless piece of faultless storytelling.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784708214
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 383 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Thrilling and blistering - Daily Telegraph

An incredible follow-up - the Sun, Pick of the Week*

Gripping, pacy and beautifully written - Justine Jordan, Guardian

Finding hope in a hopeless place, this is everything The Handmaid’s Tale fans wanted and more. Prepare to hold your breath throughout, and to cry real tears at the end. My book of the year - Kayleigh Dray, Stylist

The Testaments is Atwood at her best, in its mixture of generosity, insight and control. The prose is adroit, direct, beautifully turned. All over the reading world, the history books are being opened to the next blank page and Atwood’s name is written at the top of it. To read this book is to feel the world turning - Anne Enright, Guardian

I gobbled it down... Atwood has an incredible intellectual nimbleness that challenges us constantly and poses the question that lies like a pearl inside the shell of this frighteningly readable novel, "Before you sit in judgement, how would you behave in Gilead?" - Allison Pearson, Sunday Telegraph

No one needs another recommendation for The Testaments and still I have to say how thrilling it is when a book manages to exceed all expectations. How did she manage to make darkness feel so effortless? How did she think to inject humour where no humour should exist? Because she’s Margaret Atwood, and she can do anything - Ann Patchett

A cracker: urgent, moving and as tense as any thriller... there's a darkly rebellious humour, ingenious wordplay and, of course, chillingly timely warnings. Atwood is long overdue a Nobel - Hepzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday

At its heart, this gripping novel is a rallying call for action... In Atwood's world, resistance is never futile - Mernie Gilmore, Daily Express

The must-read novel of the year -- a perfect gift for bookworms and fans of the TV series - Sunday Telegraph

Believe the reviews, it is remarkable - Lindsay Woods, Irish Examiner

A plump, pacy, witty and tightly plotted page-turner that transports us straight back to the dark heart of Gilead... Atwood is on top form - Julie Myerson, Observer

The Testaments is that elusive dream of a book -- an erudite, accessible, highly readable adventure, that brims with ideas but never lets them get in the way of the story - Cathy Rentzenbrink, Prospect

While unflinching in depicting horror and showing how complicity enables the collapse of compassion, The Testaments is also a clarion call to hope, resistance and activism... a formidable achievement that will doubtless be read in decades to come - Anita Sethi, i news

With surgical clarity, Atwood documents how the stripping of fundamental freedoms, the weight of systemic oppression, pushes individuals to extremes... The pacing is flawless. The prose is lean, mean, and charged - David Canfield, Entertainment Weekly

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Emma Smith at Bedford

“Incredible!”

“Keep your friends close but your enemies closer. Having no friends, I must make do with enemies.”

I went into this with slight trepidation, I’m sure I’m not the only reader who did! Up until a few days ago I wasn’t... More

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“Atwood gives us everything we hoped!”

I went into 'The Testaments' with high expectations and Atwood absolutely blew me away with this new novel. Focusing on the stories, or testimonies, of three vastly different female characters Atwood has... More

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“What an ending...!”

Writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale was never going to be an easy task. How would people react to their questions finally being answered, 35 years on? Atwood masterfully evades these questions, instead offering... More

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