Title: Hamnet
Authors: O'Farrell, Maggie
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 367
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: When the plague rears its ugly head in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Shakespeare household is thrown into disarray. First it is eleven-year-old Judith who falls ill, but it is her twin brother Hamnet who succumbs. His mother is inconsolable and as for his father, he is off in London, writing his plays.

Beautifully imagined and exquisitely descriptive, and with its evocative accounts of 16th century daily life, this story of love and loss is an intimate portrayal of a family, with Agnes (whom history calls Anne) at its heart.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The author is pure genius. An unforgettable book."

"It's a long time since I have read a book which I finished very slowly as I didn't want it to end."

"Beautifully structured and exquisitely descriptive sentences."

"My only complaint is that I often could not see the print through the tears."

"Everyone should read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to review it!"

"I loved the clever way the author confirms she is writing about Shakespeare without ever using his name."

"The fiction blends with the facts to present a compelling, moving story."

"The book is well written and for anyone who enjoys Shakespeare's writings, this could be an entrancing work - it certainly was for me."

Categories: Fiction, Faction, Grief/loss, Historical, Humour, Love story, Relationships, England, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon


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