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Hamnet

Hamnet

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 
*A New York Times Best Seller*
“Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life… here is a novel … so gorgeously written that it transports you." —The Boston Globe

In 1580’s England, during the Black Plague a young Latin tutor falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman in this “exceptional historical novel” (The New Yorker) and best-selling winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down—a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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Inga57
Sep 11, 2020

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Wow! Wow, wow, wow! Hamnet is the best book I’ve read this year and perhaps one of my ‘new’ absolute favorites of all time. Ell Potter's narration is perfect for this story.

This review could go on for pages, like one of Shakespeare’s plays, but I’ll summarize it by stating that Maggie O'Farrell, is a gifted wordsmith who has taken the 26 letters of the alphabet and weaved them into a beautiful tapestry from Shakespeare's 16th century.

O'Farrell absolutely deserved the ‘Women’s Prize for Fiction’ received this month (September 2020), with some stiff competition from well-known, talented contemporaries. Take a bow madam, as your audience stands in applause. And yes, we will remember you.

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