NOVEL OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrel, Shortlisted for the Dalkey Novel of the Year Award 2021
Maggie O'Farrell is the author of the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling memoir I Am, I Am, I Am, and eight novels: After You’d Gone, My Lover’s Lover, The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Hand that First Held Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, Instructions for a Heatwave, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, This Must Be the Place, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award, and Hamnet. She lives in Edinburgh.
About: 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.
The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Books Are My Bag Reader's Choice Award
Shortlisted, An Post Novel of the Year
A BBC Best Book of 2020
The Guardian, best fiction of 2020
The Telegraph, best novels of 2020
The Times, best historical fiction books of the year 2020
“Incredibly moving and beautifully written, this bewitching novel brings alive the era – the smell, sight and sound of the city streets and also of the surrounding countryside. About family, love and grief, it is a totally immersive novel. Intimate, intense, devastating.”back to the novel of the year writers