**The Testaments was the joint winner of the 2019 Booker Prize**
Publication of The Testaments has been, without a doubt, the literary event of 2019. Margaret Atwood’s much-anticipated sequel to her seminal feminist dystopia The Handmaid’s Tale was shortlisted for the Booker before it was released, and published to global fanfare and almost universal acclaim in September.
Set 15 years after the close of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments is narrated by Aunt Lydia – who readers will remember as a cruel instructor during the handmaids’ induction programme – and two younger women, Agnes and Daisy.
Writing in the Guardian, Anne Enright reminded us of Atwood’s extraordinary prescience in her imagining of Gilead back in 1986. Endlessly invoked by commentators considering the political turmoil in today’s troubled world, The Handmaid’s Tale has never seemed more relevant. The Testaments promises more of the same. “If she was right in 1985,” Enright assures us, “she is more right today.”
The Testaments was reviewed by Five Books deputy editor, Cal Flyn.