Atwood greeted by cheers at Testaments midnight Waterstones launch

Atwood greeted by cheers at Testaments midnight Waterstones launch

Margaret Atwood officially launched her follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments (Chatto & Windus), to cheers of delight at a packed-out Waterstones Piccadilly last night.

Crowds lucky enough to get a ticket gathered from the early evening to get their hands on the hotly-awaited, Booker-shortlisted novel – hyped as the literary event of the year - when it went on sale at midnight.

Atwood, flanked by Pearl Girls, held the audience spellbound as she read the new novel’s opening, with its increasingly well-known first line: “Only dead people are allowed to have statues, but I have be...

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