Author(s): Maggie O'Farrell
A stunning new departure for Maggie O'Farrell's fiction, Hamnet is the heart-stopping story behind Shakespeare's most famous play.
TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART.
On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?
Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week.
HAMNET is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.
Winner of the The Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
'Dazzling. Devastating' --Kamila Shamsie
'Stunning... deserves to win prizes' --Marian Keyes
'A bold undertaking, beautifully imagined and written' Claire Tomalin
Richly sensuous... something special' The Sunday Times
'A thing of shimmering wonder' David Mitchell
Blisteringly brilliant... You'll lap up this intricately told story of grief, love and the bond between twins, Cosmopolitan
[A] rich imagining of the lives of Shakespeare's family enchants... O'Farrell's remarkable novel bursts with life, --Sunday Telegraph
A beautiful read. A devastating one. Intricate, and breathtakingly imaginative, --Rachel Joyce
Richly sensuous...something special, --Sunday Times
The novel of her career... everyone I know who has managed to get hold of a copy is absolutely in love with it, --Observer
Maggie O'Farrell is the author of the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, and eight novels: AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award, and HAMNET. She lives in Edinburgh.
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