Margaret Atwood: Shes ahead of everyone in the room

As excitement mounts for the sequel to The Handmaids Tale, we talk to publishers and writers about the great novelist The hoopla around the launch of Margaret Atwoods The Testaments is more reminiscent of the unveiling of an iPhone or something Pokmon-related than that of a mere book. On the evening of 9 September, 400 people will gather outside the doors of Waterstones Piccadilly store in London for the midnight release of the sequel to The Blind Assassin in 2000, and had five other novels shortlisted. She has yet to be given the Nobel prize for literature but that is widely seen as an error to be righted. When an embarrassed The Heart Goes Last, you may relish her wit …