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NOMA BAR - book cover design for THE TESTAMENTS


Margaret Atwood has revealed the cover for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

The cover designed by Noma Bar, who worked on The Handmaid’s Tale hardcover reissue, sees the red Handmaid’s colour palette switched out for a bold green and features the figures of two women.

Unveiling the cover on Twitter, Atwood said:

“I am so pleased that Noma Bar – who did such a brilliant job with the hardcover reissue of The Handmaid’s Tale – took on the challenge of designing the cover for The Testaments.
“It can’t have been easy, but he came through with a cover that is fresh and intriguing: within an apparently simple double image, there are hidden figures to be discovered – just as in the book. I hope you like it as much as I do.”

Set 15 years after Offred's ambiguous final scene in the acclaimed 1985-published novel, The Testaments, slated for publication on 10th September 2019, promises to be a "global publishing event”. Talking about the book, 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.”

Vintage will publish The Testaments under its Chatto & Windus imprint on 10th September, priced £20.

First published in 1985 by Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape, The Handmaid’s Tale was shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize. A third series of "The Handmaid's Tale" will air on US streaming service Hulu in the spring and will return Channel 4 in the UK not long after.