The Testaments - A book group special

Tuesday 10th September marks the biggest publishing event of 2019. Now Margaret Atwood returns to the world she created.

Waterstones, Manchester

Thursday 10th October, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

  • Book Club


About the Event

Set 15 years after the original's famously ambiguous climax, The Testaments promises to bring us ever closer to the dark forces that underpin the Republic of Gilead.

In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?

'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 weve been living in.' - Margaret Atwood

And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.

At the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. With The Testaments, the wait for answers is over.

Since The Handmaid's Tale was first published in 1985, Margaret Atwood's vision has only grown in significance, becoming a rallying call at women's marches around the world following the election of Donald Trump, and taking on a new life in an acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning television adaptation.

To celebrate the launch of Atwood's monumental release, we'll be holding a special one-off book group. Reading The Testaments, we'll discuss and dissect the sequel to the hugely successfulThe Handmaid's Tale.

This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be available from our Cafe W. To book your place, please email your RSVP to events.manchesterarndale@waterstones.com

Pre-order in store today for your chance to win a signed copy of The Testaments. Please ask your local shop for more information. Terms and conditions apply.

Venue Information

Arndale Centre
M4 3AQ
United Kingdom

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