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1472223799
Hamnet
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Author: O'Farrell, Maggie
Publication year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Classification: HIS
Publisher: Tinder Press
ISBN: 9781472223791
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This book is beautifully descriptive, written in gorgeously lyrical prose, if overly ornate and over-worked. It is essentially a book about grief, which is vividly described, and evokes the 1580s, when herbalism and witchery were common practices. Apart from the 2 mini stories of the Plague’s journey from Italy to London, and that of a letter from London to Stratford, there was very little story. Many ideas were never developed or resolved. The characters were not well developed, and Agnes, the main character was particularly annoying and silly. Our group was divided in its opinion of the book, with scores ranging from 4 to 9. The average amongst 8 of us was 6.75. Camberley Library Morning Reading Group
16/05/21
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<p><b>WINNER OF THE WOMEN&#39;S PRIZE FOR FICTION - THE <i>SUNDAY TIMES</i> NO. 1 BESTSELLER</b><br><b>FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - BRITISH BOOK AWARDS<br>&#39;Richly sensuous... something special&#39; <i>The Sunday Times</i></b><br><b>&#39;A thing of shimmering wonder&#39; David Mitchell</b><br><br><b>TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART.</b><br><br>On a summer&#39;s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? <br><br>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 one of the children will not survive the week.<br><br><i>Hamnet</i> 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; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker&#39;s son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is 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.</p>

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