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  • The Testaments
  • The Testaments

The Testaments

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 10/09/2019
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The Testaments
A satisfying conclusion to the Handmaid’s Tale
It’s not often that you have the satisfaction of reading a book and thinking “that’s exactly how I would have wanted to write it”. Margaret Atwood’s follo... READ MORE
Joanna at Waterstones Telford

Synopsis

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: 9781784742324
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 667g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 39 mm

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The Testaments
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 ... READ MORE
Emma Smith at Bedford
The Testaments
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 thr... READ MORE
Jenny at Southampton
The Testaments
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? ... READ MORE
Rachael at Croydon
The Testaments
Lacklustre
Highly anticipated, the sequel to a modern classic and Longlisted for the Booker Prize, I was excited to say the least. The first 50 pages or so had me cap... READ MORE
Poppy Bouttell
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The Testaments
The Handmaids Tale was startlingly ahead of its time. Sadly this follow up after so many years is a tad disappointing and nothing like the same quality, b... READ MORE
Mike FAWCETT
The Testaments
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
I love The Handmaid's Tale and I've been eagerly waiting for this to be released and I've loved reading it these past couple of days. I think with a book l... READ MORE
Corey
The Testaments
Disappointing
I didn't engage with any of the three writers of the testaments. Nicole, in particular, was far from credible: her witness statement should have been cynic... READ MORE
Valerie Wells
The Testaments
Fantastic.
Having enjoyed the Handmaid's Tale, I was looking forward to reading The Testaments and I was certainly not disappointed. The story of the Testaments is to... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
The Testaments
Excellent continuation of a timeless classic
A very different style written as three testaments but carries through a lot of the threads of Handmaid’s Tale whilst feeling very modern and continues to ... READ MORE
charlotte walshe
The Testaments
It's excellent - praise be!
Without spoiling anything, The Testaments is, in a word, exceptional. I was worried that after so much time, this return might fall a little short. But far... READ MORE
Tom at Oxford
The Testaments
A worthy sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale is a hot topic at the moment making the release of this sequel highly anticipated. I knew going in that it was told from the perspectiv... READ MORE
KimG9
The Testaments
So disappointing.
I didn't engage with any of the three writers of the testaments. Nicole, in particular, was far from credible: her witness statement should have been cynic... READ MORE
Valerie Wells
The Testaments
Fantastic
Fantastic sequel to Handmaids Tale. Atwood is an amazing author.
Karen Corvin
The Testaments
Pitch perfect for our times
Margaret Atwood has pulled off the impossible with this book, a novel that will please fans of the TV series while on the whole remaining true to the feel ... READ MORE
Abigail@PlymouthDrake
The Testaments
It absolutely must be read ........ but
Really looked forward to this and was mostly not disappointed. Made sure to re-read The Handmaid's Tale first to be sure that I had it all right in my hea... READ MORE
Coralie Mattys
The Testaments
I'm in love with Atwood's writing!
If you loved The Handmaid's Tale as much as I did, you will adore The Testaments. I've read plenty of reviews criticising this novel and questioning its ne... READ MORE
Lucy Samuels
The Testaments
A Worthy Sequel – Finely Balanced, Highly Relevant
Atwood has lived up to the daunting task of providing her readers with a satisfying conclusion to her Handmaid's Tale, not the mention withstanding the pre... READ MORE
Michael at Glasgow Fort
The Testaments
A book of our time
This was a 5 star almost all the way through and then the neatness of its ending ruined it for me. I might have reacted as badly to an annoying cliffhanger... READ MORE
Ellie Slater
The Testaments
The final piece of the puzzel
Margret Atwood has, with this novel, managed to do two things, at once for me. She has, by the use of two Characters, telling there stories( looking so to ... READ MORE
smudger
The Testaments
Disappointing
Struggling to read this, very slow - wish I had not bought it.
Ann Bellows
The Testaments
There but for the Grace of God.........
There but for the grace of God could go this country, or for that matter any other, I thought after reading "The Testaments" by Margaret Atwood. This book... READ MORE
Wendy Egerton
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Gilead - still terrifying, still possible.
In Gilead, in what appears to be our own near future, we return to a period about fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale. The novel follows ... READ MORE
Jane Skudder
The Testaments
Margaret Atwood is the mother we all need
Through the use of mixed point of views, Atwood provides an insight into the actions of some of the most hated roles in Gilead. We come to understand that ... READ MORE
chloe  lawson
The Testaments
I’m not happy.
I think that Margaret Atwood’s aversion to dialectical materialism left the philosophical and political themes of this novel to appear naive. I was incredi... READ MORE
Peter Whyman
The Testaments
An excellent novel
The long awaited follow up to the handmaids tale definitely does not disappoint! I am very happy to recommend both books to ALL... I was very late to readi... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Testaments
Still got it
Back in Gilead, with a collection of narratives from non-Handmaids - after The Handmaid’s Tale’s second lease of life I guess we know their predicament wel... READ MORE
Lesley Jane
The Testaments
My Testament
This was always going to be a difficult book to write. The Handmaid's Tale was a hit 35 years ago but with the rise of populist patriarchal politics in Tru... READ MORE
James Koppert
The Testaments
Phenomenal read that I didn’t want to end.
Margaret Atwood has created a world like no other, and this book explores more view points to allow a deeper understanding of Gilead. But this world is mor... READ MORE
Katharine Young