Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale: The Testaments

Since the election of Donald Trump as US President, Handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights, standing against misogyny. Now, we can reveal that Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel. Here’s what you need to know.

The Testaments book cover

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale and is narrated by three female characters.

It’s set 15 years after Offred’s final scene, the moment when the van door slams and readers had no way of knowing what lay ahead.

You can pre-order the book from Waterstones and Amazon.

The inspiration for The Testaments

Talking about the book, Margaret Atwood said:

‘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.’

See Margaret Atwood on tour

Margaret Atwood will be on tour from 10 September 2019, including a live broadcast to cinemas around the world on publication day. UK events include London, Newcastle, Manchester, Oxford and Birmingham. Atwood will also visit Dublin.

Iconic cover design

The Testaments will be published worldwide on 10th September 2019, with a double image cover illustrated by Noma Bar and designed by Suzanne Dean at VINTAGE.

Sign up to hear the latest from Margaret Atwood

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more