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Hamnet

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 31/03/2020
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Hamnet
A sublime historical novel...
Hamnet is Maggie O’Farrell’s first historical novel set in 1596 and tells the story of Shakespeare’s son Hamnet who died aged 11. However, this is only the... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Hamnet
Deeply Moving
This is the story of Hamnet Shakespeare's son. Maggie O' Farrell has ventured back into Tudor times for a novel in which Shakespeare isn't the main chara... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
Hamnet
Beautiful, tragic and a must-read.
On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl is taken to bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet goes looking for help. Why is nobody at home? Agnes, their m... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
Hamnet
Extraordinary
Completely and utterly amazing. This is an amazing book, a future classic. If you don't like historical fiction and have to read one book of this genre, ma... READ MORE
Molly Jamshidian

Synopsis

Winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020

Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

A stunning new departure for Maggie O'Farrell's fiction, Hamnet is the heart-stopping story behind Shakespeare's most famous play.

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; a 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.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472223791
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 644g
  • Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 36 mm

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Hamnet
A moving family tragedy
'And there, by the fire, held in the arms of his mother, in the room in which he learnt to crawl, to eat, to walk, to speak, Hamnet takes his last breath. ... READ MORE
Alan M
Hamnet
You must read this
Hamnet is heartbreakingly beautiful. I will be thinking about this novel for a very long time. Hamnet tells the story of Shakespeare's only son, who died... READ MORE
MakexBelieve
Hamnet
A beautiful novel about grief and loss.
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrel is a fictional account of William Shakespeare's son's death from plague and the impact that it has upon those that loved him. It ... READ MORE
Clare Read
Hamnet
Wonderfully atmospheric and completely immersive
Hamnet is one of the most highly anticipated reads of 2020, for me and for lots of other readers. After reading it, I can see why. It's quite spectacular. ... READ MORE
Nicola
Hamnet
Misses the mark a bit
I’m always looking for books fiction and nonfiction that focus on the women we seem to have neglected to focus on throughout history. Anne Hathaway is cert... READ MORE
TheCaffeinatedReader
Hamnet
Simply wonderful
Maggie O’Farrell is an author I’ve always enjoyed reading but I think Hamnet will be one of my favourites. In 1596 Hamnet/Hamlet (names are interchangeable... READ MORE
Celia Short
Hamnet
Wonderful
Hamnet's tells the story of Shakespeare' son. It follows from Shakespeare's initial meeting with his soon-to-be wife, their life together with their childr... READ MORE
Victoria Pearson
Hamnet
Fantastic read.
Firstly many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an ARC of this book. I was unsure what to expect from this book, but was exceptionally pleased and h... READ MORE
Alison Vicary
Hamnet
Fascinating reimagining of the story behind Hamlet
I’m always wary of reading books where authors imagine the story behind a real event/character or rewrite a story told many times before. Will they spoil m... READ MORE
TheBookTrail
Hamnet
Shakespeares Household Brought to Life
There’s little known about Shakespeares life and this gives Maggie O’Farrell free reign to create a highly enjoyable historical novel. Shakespeare, not men... READ MORE
Steve Taylor
Hamnet
Beautiful writing about a family's grief
It is giving nothing away to say that Hamnet is O'Farrell's imagining of the last day in the life of Shakespeare's son, a young boy who dies at the age of ... READ MORE
Books and Tea Make Me Happy
Hamnet
Grief laid bare.
Such beautiful writing, it sort of oozes grief but in a good way. I know this book is built round only a few facts about Anne Hathaway and her family but ... READ MORE
Athena99
Hamnet
Twins are born when only one was expected. Will they be ok?
William Shakespeare had a son Hamnet and this novel is loosely based on him. Agnes meats the man she is destined to marry and they have three children but ... READ MORE
Julie Friar
Hamnet
Historical portrayal of Shakespeare's family
As one of my very favourite authors I knew I would like this book before I started it. This is her first foray into history and it is a fascinating tale ba... READ MORE
Dana Farren
Hamnet
A beautiful story
The story of how Shakespeare's Hamlet was made. A beautiful tale of how Shakespeare met his wife and had 3 children, when his son Hamnet died the whole fam... READ MORE
Samantha Redworth
Hamnet
Mrs Shakespeare - as we never knew her...
This book is not so much about Shakespeare as it is about his wife and his twin children, Hamnet and Judith. Although it culminates with his masterpiece, H... READ MORE
Jane Skudder
Hamnet
Hamnet
Maggie O'Farrell weaves a tender, atmospheric tale of Shakespeare's much loved but ill-fated son that gripped me from the outset. She draws a sympathetic ... READ MORE
Sue, Avid Reader
Hamnet
Beautifully sad story of Shakespeare’s family
As well as being the most famous playwright the world has known, Shakespeare had a wife and 3 children, 1 of whom died tragically young of plague. Although... READ MORE
Judith Jesp
Hamnet
Phenomenal in all ways could not put it down
Absolutely brilliant!
ISABELLE BUTCHER
Hamnet
Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell
Maggie O’Farrell is one of those writers that you know can be relied on to write an enthralling novel. This is certainly that. There is a danger for au... READ MORE
David Kenvyn
Hamnet
Great Read
Loved this book. Very poignant especially when written in present tense. No surnames at all, Will never mentioned by first name, always 'her husband' '... READ MORE
Me in Durham
Hamnet
Beautiful
An incredibly sad and tragic story, which moved me to tears on more than one occasion. This is the story about the people behind the most famous poet/write... READ MORE
Charlotte
Hamnet
Absolutely blown away
I didn’t expect to like it. It is beautifully written, an emotional rollercoaster. The sense of time and place is so well done. I cried. It’s a marvellous ... READ MORE
JACQUI WELLBROOK
Hamnet
Heartbreakingly Beautiful
The story is so intense and well written, I was in tears at some point. Absolutely recommend this book. Carla
Carla Akyuz
Hamnet
A keeper!
I bought this for my wife and she loved it. So much so that instead of immediately passing it on to the local library or charity shop, she’s keeping it. Pr... READ MORE
Bill
Hamnet
Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 Winner
This was an absolutely brilliant read from a fantastic author that I will happily recommend on to all. This will melt your heart! An excellent choice of wi... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Hamnet
Mesmerising and memorable
Maggie o’Farrell isn’t an author I have read before but I was given ‘Hamnet’ as a gift and as I’d heard just good things about it I thought I would give it... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock