The testaments



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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.

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"An era-defining masterpiece" "Thrilling and blistering" Daily Telegraph "An incredible follow-up" the Sun, *Pick of the Week* "Gripping, pacy and beautifully written" Guardian - Justine Jordan "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" Stylist - Kayleigh Dray "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" Guardian - Anne Enright "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?"" Sunday Telegraph - Allison Pearson "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" Mail on Sunday - Hepzibah Anderson "At its heart, this gripping novel is a rallying call for action... In Atwood's world, resistance is never futile" Daily Express - Mernie Gilmore "The must-read novel of the year -- a perfect gift for bookworms and fans of the TV series" Sunday Telegraph "Believe the reviews, it is remarkable" Irish Examiner - Lindsay Woods "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" Observer - Julie Myerson "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" Prospect - Cathy Rentzenbrink "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" i news - Anita Sethi "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" Entertainment Weekly - David Canfield "The literary release of the year... The Testaments is ultimately a hopeful novel, filled with female resistance against oppression" Grazia - Polly Dunbar "Atwood's prose is as powerful as ever, tense and spare... I finished in six hours flat" - Laura Freeman "Atwood is our high sorceress, a very grownup one, with a truly unnerving knack for auspicious timing... Like Kafka and Orwell, Atwood has become part of the public discourse" Guardian - Lisa Allardice "Fluent, imaginative and provocative" Scotland on Sunday - Stuart Kelly "It is an addictively readable, fastpaced adventure... the rhyme of reality with fiction is loud and devastatingly clear... In The Testaments , Atwood changes the emphasis of the plot, to strike a note of optimism - a hopeful reminder that resistance is possible and such regimes do eventually always fall" Independent - Holly Williams