The Testaments (Hardback)Margaret Atwood (author)
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019
Joint Winner of the Booker Prize 2019
‘I was on the edge of my seat, my fingernails bitten down to nothing’ – Emma at Bedford
‘Leaves you breathless at the turn of every page’ – Jenny at Southampton
‘Full of twists and revelations… moving and timely’ – Joanna at Telford
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
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 39 mm
'The Testaments belongs to our moment of history, when things in a number of countries seem to be heading more towards Gilead' - The Guardian
'The Testaments is a much more accessible book than its brilliant yet forbidding predecessor. At times it races along like a spy thriller written by Charles Dickens, rich in suspense, coincidence and messy humanity.' - The Sunday Telegraph
'One of the greatest writers of the past century. A world without Margaret Atwood in it would not be anywhere near as brilliant' - The Sunday Times
‘A blockbuster of propulsive, almost breathless narrative, stacked with twists and turns worthy of a Gothic novel.’ - The Daily Telegraph
‘An addictively readable, fast-paced adventure…. A hopeful reminder that resistance is possible and such regimes do fall.’ - The Independent
‘A celebration of sisterhood and a sharp-eyed analysis of the power of stories to re-shape the world.’ - The Sunday Times
‘Atwood’s task in returning to the world of her best-known work was a big one, but the result is a success that more than justifies her Booker prize shortlisting.’ - The Guardian
‘A formidable achievement that will doubtless be read in decades to come.’ - The i
‘What makes the book most mesmerizing is Atwood’s working of the everyday into the unthinkable; her way of conveying how, in different degrees, these characters came to accept their reality, and even to become complicit in it.’ - The Seattle Times
‘Atwood’s prose is as powerful as ever, tense and spare. She invests certain phrases with ironic fury: adulteress, precious flower, Certificate of Whiteness, fanatics, defiled. Her word games are ingenious. She forces you to think about language and how it can be made to lie.’ - BBC
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“What an ending...!”
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