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Winner of the Booker Prize 2019.
Shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the British Book Awards 2020.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is read by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard and Mae Whitman with Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal and Margaret Atwood.
Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel. Pre-order today.
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.
‘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 we’ve been living in.' Margaret Atwood
‘The literary event of the year.’ Guardian
‘A savage and beautiful novel, and it speaks to us today, all around the world, with particular conviction and power… The bar is set particularly high for Atwood and she soars over it’ Peter Florence, Booker Prize Chair of Judges, Guardian
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Margaret Atwood gave us The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985, and we’ve been waiting for more ever since. The Testaments starts 15 years after the end of the first novel, reacquainting us with the red-cloaked handmaidens of Gilead and with Aunt Lydia, the women’s villainous spiritual instructor. Aunt Lydia gets to tell her story here, spilling secrets and motivations that we never would have guessed. Atwood’s dark and unexpectedly funny storytelling is sharp as a knife. We love the audiobook’s cast of narrators, led by Ann Dowd (who plays Lydia in the TV series) and including actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Mae Whitman, as well as Atwood herself. This gripping audiobook gave us chills and just a sliver of hope.