And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.
When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead.
With The Testaments, the wait is over.
Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
"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
"THE LITERARY EVENT OF THE YEAR!" - The Guardian
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam Trilogy. Her 1985 classic The Handmaid's Tale went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him; and the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Sales of the English language edition have now topped 8 million copies worldwide. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
But the biggest name, with the year's biggest book, is Margaret Atwood: her Handmaid's Tale sequel The Testaments * Guardian * Terrifying and exhilarating * Guardian * One of the year's big novels will undoubtedly be Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments * The Times * Margaret Atwood has just done her own thing and now she is one of those authors who is helping to change the culture. I love her for her politics. When The Handmaid's Tale was published in 1985, it just seemed that that kind of theocracy and patriarchy she was depicting couldn't happen, the world was progressing, but look where we are * Sunday Times * For my money, the single most exciting publishing event of the year * Bookseller * One of the most eagerly awaited books of the year * Daily Express * The Handmaid's Tale fans, rejoice * You * We'll be poring over The Handmaid's Tale for the 100th time in readiness * Good Housekeeping * It will be one of the literary events of the year * Vogue * Clearly the Booker Prize judges got their hands on an early copy, and it looks like it'll most certainly will be worth the wait * UK Press Sydication *