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Title: Hamnet
Authors: O'Farrell, Maggie
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 367
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: 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 every written. [Taken from book cover, Tinderpress Books]


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The author is pure genius. An unforgettable book."

"It's a long time since I have read a book which I finished very slowly as I didn't want it to end."

"Beautifully structured and exquisitely descriptive sentences."

"My only complaint is that I often could not see the print through the tears."

"Everyone should read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to review it!"

"I loved the clever way the author confirms she is writing about Shakespeare without ever using his name."

"The fiction blends with the facts to present a compelling, moving story."

"The book is well written and for anyone who enjoys Shakespeare's writings, this could be an entrancing work - it certainly was for me."

Categories: Fiction, Faction, Grief/loss, Historical, Humour, Love story, Relationships, England, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon

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