Maggie O'Farrell


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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. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; a flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker’s son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Join Maggie O’Farrell as she introduces what is quite possibly the novel of her career – 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

Blisteringly brilliant” – Cosmopolitan

About the author: Maggie O’Farrell is the author of the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling memoir I Am, I Am, I Am, and eight novels including The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, and The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.    


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