‘She’s a prophet’: handmaids gather for Margaret Atwood’s midnight launch of The Testaments

With cocktails and craftivism, fans and authors including Neil Gaiman and Jeanette Winterson countdown release of sequel

The last time bookshops saw this much action at midnight on a weekday, a certain boy wizard was on the shelves.

“There’s not another Potter out?” a passing man asks the growing queue outside Waterstones in London’s Piccadilly, where a parade of women dressed in red flowing robes and white bonnets are silently gliding by.

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