Celebrating The Testaments with Lisa Appignanesi, Sophie Mackintosh and Luiza Sauma

Join Sophie Mackintosh, Luiza Sauma and Lisa Appignanesi, as they discuss Margaret Atwood’s writing, legacy, and the impact of her writing on their work

Waterstones, London

Tuesday 10th September, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

  • Book Launch
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Talk


About the Event

'Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book... the other inspiration is the world we've been living in.' -Margaret Atwood

Undoubtedly the most highly-anticipated novel of 2019, The Testaments is the sequel to Margaret Atwood's seminal 1985 masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale. Picking up 15 years after its predecessors tantalisingly open-ended conclusion,The Testamentspromises a new window into Atwoods dystopian world, as seen through the eyes of three women of Gilead.

On this landmark publication day, join authors Sophie Mackintosh and Luiza Sauma with Lisa Appignanesi, as they discuss the importance of this new novel written in turbulent times. They will each discuss their favourite piece of Atwood's work, and explore how this legendary writer paved the way for women writers of dystopian and speculative fiction.

We encourage audience members to bring questions and bring their own favourite Margaret Atwood novels, to create a discussion around her varied and impactful work.

Tickets are priced at £5 or £20 including a copy of The Testaments. Book early to avoid disappointment

Venue Information

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About the Book

The Testaments
The Testaments

Margaret Atwood

Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publication date:10 Sep 2019


4.08 out of 5
23 reviews
"for my money, the single most exciting publishing event of the year"
The Bookseller
"Atwood’s sheer assurance as a storyteller makes for a fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic"
The New York Times
"Atwood’s task in returning to the world of her best-known work was a big one, but the result is a success that more than justifies her Booker prize shortlisting"
The Guardian
"It’s fun to read. It’s beautifully written. But it feels less honest than The Handmaid’s Tale did"
"The Testaments is fun to read in a way that The Handmaid’s Tale is not, fun in the same way that the TV series, for all its grim lighting and performances, is crowd-pleasing."
"Atwood has given us a blockbuster of propulsive, almost breathless narrative, stacked with twists and turns worthy of a Gothic novel"
The Daily Telegraph
"as a reading experience it’s also surprisingly fun, with its plucky young heroines and juicy (if predictable) plot twists"
The Independent
"This sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale is a rattling yarn even though it does not live up to the original"
The Times
"Atwood’s prose is as powerful as ever, tense and spare. She invests certain phrases with ironic fury"
BBC Online

PREORDER THE SEQUEL TO THE HANDMAID'S TALEThe third season of the AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES is now airing on Channel 4 starring Elisabeth Moss And so I step up, into the darkness within; The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.' Margaret Atwood'THE LITERARY EVENT OF THE YEAR' Guardian