AUTHOR EVENT: MAGGIE O’FARRELL
It is always a great pleasure to welcome one of our very favourite authors to the shop. This April, Maggie O’Farrell joins us to discuss her first historical and arguably, most accomplished, novel, Hamnet. The story reveals for the first time in fiction, the heartbreaking loss that inspired Shakespeare’s most celebrated play.
We’d go as far as to say, if this book doesn’t win A LOT of prizes, we will be very surprised.
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. 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.
“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
EVENT DATE: April 2020 (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19)
Portrait: Murdo Macleod