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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