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Drawing on Maggie O'Farrell's long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare's most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.

Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet.


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Marian Keyes It's not published till next March but Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell is going to be a publishing EVENT. It's STUNNING. Historical fiction, the writing is EXQUISITE, immersive and compelling. Her best book yet. By MILES. She's sooo tender about her characters in this one https://t.co/jn6Xvy9v5t (Source)

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