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

68-69 Hampstead High Street
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About the Book

The Testaments
The Testaments

Margaret Atwood

Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publication date:10 Sep 2019


3.96 out of 5
24 reviews
"it races along like a spy thriller written by Charles Dickens, rich in suspense, coincidence and messy humanity."
The Daily Telegraph
"The Handmaid’s Tale sequel has many surprises"
The Sunday Times
"The Handmaid’s Tale sequel answers many questions about Gilead — but it falls short of Atwood’s best work"
Financial Times
"for my money, the single most exciting publishing event of the year"
The Bookseller
"Where the first book traded so pithily and memorably in obfuscation, despair and darkness, the sequel sees the lamps slowly lit... There is no doubt that Atwood is on top form here. But still it feels as if something crucial is missing"
The Observer
"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
"Aunt Lydia’s story is a highlight of the long-awaited Handmaid’s Tale sequel"
Irish 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
"The long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is more gruesome yet strangely less scary"
Evening Standard
"It’s fun to read. It’s beautifully written. But it feels less honest than The Handmaid’s Tale did"

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