Christmas at Hatchards: “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

Hamnet

Maggie O’Farrell

£20

Evoking a richly authentic Elizabethan world where existence was ever precarious, Maggie O’Farrell’s intensely moving novel envisions the short life of Hamnet Shakespeare, only son of the world’s greatest ever playwright.

Hamnet’s name would be given, as Hamlet, to one of the most celebrated plays ever written by Shakespeare just four years after the boy’s death. Yet, still, little is known.

Maggie O’Farrell, however, found inspiration in those silences and absences of history and biography to tell this story of family and loss through the lives of Hamnet’s mother, Anne Hathaway, and his surviving twin sister Judith.

Written in exquisitely nuanced, painterly prose, and steeped in research and vivid imagining, it is perhaps no surprise that O’Farrell has won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Other highly recommended novels by Maggie O’Farrell include:

This Must Be The Place (Paperback, £8.99) and

Instruction for a Heatwave (Paperback, £8.99)

To order any of these books, please telephone 020 7439 9921 or email books@hatchards.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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