Posted on September 4, 2019 at 4:46 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’ve had a few good breaks in our lives, but nothing like this: Hundreds of U.S. readers received their copies of The Testaments a full week early.

Penguin Random House said eight hundred books of Margaret Atwood’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale  went out early “due to a retailer error which has now been rectified.”

The retailer in question? Amazon. That surely didn't help soothe the other booksellers who obeyed Penguin's strict embargoes:


(You can read the full thread here.)

Despite the leak, Penguin says the official publishing date will remain September 10.

You can read more reaction, both to the book and to the broken embargo, in the Guardian and the Bookseller.

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