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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, who is an award winning novelist and has been recently shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 and the winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 for her new novel. Inspired by the short life of Shakespeare's only son, Hamnet, a story of love, grief and family.

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.

‘O’Farrell’s remarkable book bursts with life. Her sentences are packed with commas, as though this teeming, sensual world can only be jotted down in gathered flashes.’ - The Sunday Telegraph

'Stunning. The writing is exquisite, immersive and compelling... deserves to win prizes' - Marian Keyes