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


3.96 out of 5
24 reviews
"The Testaments is Atwood at her best, in its mixture of generosity, insight and control"
The Guardian
"Atwood is undoubtedly clever, and knows how to turn a sentence and keep the reader sprightly over the plot"
The Scotsman
"The sequel is able to buoy you as a reader in a way The Handmaid’s Tale had no interest in doing, but sit with it and it’s still slippery and at times satisfyingly unsatisfying"
"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

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