Author(s): O'Farrell, Maggie,
Date of Publication: 31/03/2020,
Pagination: 384 pages,
Imprint: Tinder Press,
Published By: Headline Publishing Group,
Book Classification: Historical fiction
2020 Books Are My Bag Readers Award winner (Reader's Choice)
A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART.
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.