Main content

15 years after Offred, a Handmaid, stepped into the unknown, the lives of three women tied to Gilead's fate continue. Readers: Sara Kestelman, Katherine Press, Samantha Dakin.

In this brilliant and long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalised readers for decades.

The Testaments picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

Omnibus of episodes six to ten of fifteen parts.

‘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

'Terrifying and exhilarating.’ Peter Florence, chair of the Booker 2019 judges.

Writer: Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books, including novels such as Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when he Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series.

Reader: Sara Kestelman, Katherine Press and Samantha Dakin
Abridger: Katrin Williams
Producer: Justine Willett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019

13 days left to listen

1 hour, 15 minutes

Broadcasts