The Testaments

The Testaments

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 01/09/2020
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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 ‘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
  • ISBN: 9781784708214
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 383g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm

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The Testaments
A great follow up that makes you re-think what you thought you knew
The Republic of Gilead is beginning to fall apart, not from outside attacks instead due to betrayals from within, but what connects the fearsome Aunt Lydia... READ MORE
Jayne Heywood
The Testaments
Nepotism Prize winner 2020
Good but definitely not worthy of winning the Booker Prize. Starts off as a gripping thriller where Atwood details the horror of Gilead in frightening cl... READ MORE
Alex Stead
The Testaments
Far from “The handmaid’s tale”
I read this book to get a sense of completeness. It was a struggle: the phrase is poorly constructed, the style is childish in comparison with its predeces... READ MORE
The Testaments
If you like The Handmaid’s Tale......
Fantastic sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. It is written from the point of view of Aunt Lydia as well as a child that left Gilead at a very young age. You wo... READ MORE
Katherine Addison-Scott
The Testaments
'Being able to read and write did not provide the answers to all questions. It led to other questions, and then to others.'
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood NEVER underestimate the importance of questions!!!!! I love the title of this book, 'bible' comes to mind when I ... READ MORE