Winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction
Two extraordinary people. A love that draws them together. A loss that threatens to tear them apart.
Stunning… The writing is exquisite, immersive and compelling ~ Marian Keyes
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
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden 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 Hamnet will not survive the week.
Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright: a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.