Hamnet: Exclusive Edition (Hardback)Maggie O'Farrell (author)
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One of our greatest living novelists resurrects the short life of Hamnet Shakespeare, the Bard’s only son, in a profoundly moving account of grief, family and genius in an era where life was ever precarious.
Exclusive edition - contains an exclusive essay and end papers.
A standard edition is available here.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020
Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2021
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
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm
‘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
'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' - Kamila Shamsie
'Grief and loss so finely written I could hardly bear to read it' - Sarah Moss
'Heartstopping. Hamnet 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' - Patrick Gale
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