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The Testaments

by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments Synopsis

THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER AND WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

'The Testaments is Atwood at her best . . . To read this book is to feel the world turning' Anne Enright

The Republic of Gilead is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, two girls with radically different experiences of the regime come face to face with the legendary, ruthless Aunt Lydia. But how far will each go for what she believes?

Now with additional material: book club discussion points and an interview with Margaret Atwood about the real-life events that inspired The Testaments and The Handmaid's Tale.

The Testaments Press Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gripping, pacy and beautifully written -- Justine Jordan - Guardian

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

Thrilling and blistering - Daily Telegraph

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781784708214
Publication date: 01/06/2020
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781784742324
Publication date: 10/09/2019
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback

ISBN: B07KXZ84K9
Publication date: 10/09/2019
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784708214
Publication date: 1st June 2020
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction,

About Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.  She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Her novel, The Blind Assassin,  won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.   Author photo &...

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