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Here’s how to get tickets for Margaret Atwood’s sold-out book launch

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The Handmaid’s Tale genius is heading to London, and she’s going to be joined by a host of incredible women. We simply cannot contain ourselves. 

Finally, the fruits of Margaret Atwood’s incredible creativity are coming our way. It’s not long until we can get our hands on her much-anticipated Handmaid’s Tale sequel The Testaments, and frankly, we can’t wait.

Set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale, the new novel will be narrated by three female characters. We all went mad for the cover earlier in the year. You know the one, don’t you? It inverted the classic red bonnet and cape of Gilead, swapping it for a new green and white version. It looks incredible, and, with a couple of hints about what’s to come built into the design, The Testaments is shaping up to be the hottest literary release of the year.

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Want to know the most exciting part? You can be part of it! Host store Waterstones is set to release a second run of tickets for its previously sold-out launch evening, planned for September 9.

A final 60 tickets are available on from 10am on Thursday 15 and, judging by the incredible line-up of events, Gilead fanatics up and down the country will be poised over their laptops and tapping their refresh buttons in anguish come tomorrow morning.

Described by Waterstones as an “expansive one-night festival”, the schedule is packed with inspirational women.

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There’s a live recording of The Guilty Feminist podcast, with Deborah Frances-White and special guests including Kajal Odedra, author of Do Something; activism for everyone – guaranteed to make you howl with laughter.

You’ll get speed mentoring from handpicked coaches courtesy of Women of the World Festival, and you can indulge in all kinds of Atwood nerd-ery with a panel discussion of leading authors celebrating the writer. Chaired by Elif Shafak, it’ll feature Neil Gaiman, A.M. Homes, Temi Oh and Jeanette Winterson.

Looking for a rousing speech to stir up the campaigner deep within? The event’s got that too, with ‘soapbox moments’ planned from the likes of journalist and activist Caroline Criado Perez, poet Charly Cox and activist and campaigner Gina Martin.

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And if that’s not enough, prepare for the best event of them all: a midnight reading of the opening of The Testaments from Margaret Atwood herself! Interested yet? Good. So are we.

Hosted at Waterstones Piccadilly, tickets for the event are £25 for general admission, or £35 for a copy The Testaments included. They’re available to buy from the Waterstones website from 10am on Thursday, but hurry! With such a stellar line-up, it’s sure to be a sell out.

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