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Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION - THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED AN POST BOOK AWARDS IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR

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?

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

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Stunning. The writing is exquisite, immersive and compelling... deserves to win prizes

The story of Hamnet Shakespeare has been waiting in the shadows for over four hundred years. Maggie O'Farrell brings it dazzlingly, devastatingly, into the light

Grief and loss so finely written I could hardly bear to read it

HeartstoppingHamnet does for the Shakespeare story what Jean Rhys did for Jane Eyre, inhabiting, enlarging and enriching it in ways that will alter the reader's view for ever

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

beautiful read. A devastating one. Intricate, and breathtakingly imaginative ― Rachel Joyce

A bold undertaking. Beautifully imagined and written ― Claire Tomalin

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

staggeringly beautiful and unbearably poignant novel. O'Farrell is one of the most surprisingly quiet radicals in fiction ― Scotsman

Book Description

WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER - BOOKS ARE MY BAG READER'S CHOICE AWARDS
NEW YORK TIMES AND WASHINGTON POST BOOK OF THE YEAR
*As featured on Newsnight, Front Row, Radio 5 Live and Open Book*
A BBC Best Book of 2020
A 2020 Book to Look Out For in StylistThe Sunday TimesThe TimesObserverCosmopolitanDaily Mail and mo

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tinder Press (31 March 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1472223802
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1472223807
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 510 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.2 x 3.8 x 23.2 cm
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