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    Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    The Sunday Times best seller

    Two extraordinary people. A love that draws them together. A loss that threatens to tear them apart.

    On a summer'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?

    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.

    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; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker'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.

    ©2020 Maggie O'Farrell (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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    "A thing of shimmering wonder." (David Mitchell)

    "Richly sensuous...something special." (The Sunday Times)

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    A very intriguing narrative

    A family...not just any family .... we don't know the father's name but we can guess. We all know the name. The performance of this unusual story of love and loss is impressive.

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    Amazingly performed

    I am extremely late on the "Hamnet" bandwagon (though it is never too late to have a go at a good story). This was one of the best reviewed novels of 2020 and I sort of understand why after having finished listening to it. Daisy Donovan has a beautiful voice and is a great performer. She was absolutely phenomenal in the first two thirds of the narration, but I found her a tiny bit overdramatic towards the end when reading Agnes' part/stream of consciousness. The story is called "Hamnet" but it revolves mainly around his mother Anne Hathaway ("Agnes" here). The prose is great in my opinion, the characterisation as well for sure although at some point it just felt like too much "Agnes" when I was really enjoying the children's relationships. Oddly enough, the character I enjoyed the least (= Shakespeare himself, fictionalised) was the one mentioned the least too (he doesn't even have a name in the novel, which is a very entertaining choice). He was the least empathetic guy I've read about in a good while and if that's a writing thing, then I'm all for it but I did not like him. The ending was a bit of a blur to me if I'm honest, and only Donovan's performance made me understand Agnes' part was meant to explore heartbreak and a how a family/mother/father deals with mourning the loss of their child when they fail at communicating with one another. The descriptions are fantastic most of the time, but I just feel like something is amiss for me to completely fall head over heels with "Hamnet."

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    Magnifique

    je recommend ce livre à tous. c'est magnifique, touchant et une belle ecriture et une belle voix.

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    loved it. great narration. read with clarity and great understanding of the plot. bring alive the characters. a great job done. thanks.

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    • Jane F. Clifton
    • 31/07/2020

    Superb listening

    One of the best listens, so far. Daisy Donovan's precision delivery of Maggie O'Farrell's wonderful imaging of this story is a singular pleasure in these troubled times of modern plague.

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    • Jennifer Olson
    • 30/01/2021

    Pleasant Surprise.

    I didn't know what to expect, but was well done both in writing and performance.

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    • DFK
    • 23/11/2020

    Good book, but not as great as expected

    The raves about this book made me expect more. The comparisons to Hilary Mantel’s trilogy made me expect more. But then, much is known about Cromwell’s history and exploits, the politics of Henry VIII’s court, his wives, etc. Not much is known about the characters in Hamnet. They existed. One of them wrote a lot of plays, which are considered among the greatest literature. Hamnet died (this shouldn’t be a spoiler, given all the reviews and what is known from history). But little is known about Shakespeare’s wife, and really not so much is known about him, as a person, who is never named in this book - was this an idea derived from Mantel’s frequent “he” when referring to Cromwell? Here, if you came from a place where they never heard of Hamlet or Shakespeare, you wouldn’t know who the playwright is in this story. O’Farrell writes beautifully, but something is lacking in the characters. The book is really a fictitious imagining of Agnes (Anne Hathaway). And there is a lot of imagining. - because we really know so little about her. I was absorbed and enjoyed the narration.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 25/01/2021

    Großartig

    Pest, Elternschaft, alternative Medizin, Geister, paranormale Fähigkeiten, historischer Roman, oh mein Gott was für ein Buch!

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    • Kindle-Kunde
    • 04/01/2021

    A tour de force

    Ì loved this book. Beautifully written and beautifully read. This was my first full-length audio book and I found myself really savouring the language, far more than I would do on the written page. It succeeds admirably in portraying what life must have been like in Elizabethan England with the threat of sickness and death always lurking just round the corner, with horses the only mode of transport, the widespread illiteracy, the violence that marked many relationships. The plot is cleverly woven, telling two stories, of birth and death, until they eventually come together. It is also an exploration of grief and of how it is experienced differently by man and woman, driving them apart. The only thing I didn't understand was why Shakespeare called his play after his son, but that didn't detract from this brilliantly crafted story.