Hamnet - Maggie O'Farrell


By Maggie O'Farrell

  • Release Date: 2020-07-21
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,284 Ratings


NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life ... here is a novel ... so gorgeously written that it transports you." —The Boston Globe

In 1580’s England, during the Black Plague a young Latin tutor falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman in this “exceptional historical novel” (The New Yorker) and best-selling winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.

A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down—a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.

Don’t miss Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel, The Marriage Portrait, coming in September!


  • Disappointing

    By Ellen Viola
    So much wordiness about nothing. After all the build up and endless detail I thought the book would go somewhere. But it didn’t.
  • Hamnet

    By popular cat115
    Life is about loss. The difference between one who drowns and lives beyond grief is the ability to rise above the waves. Keeping oneself distracted with purposeful work helps the body to move forward. Always hopeful to one day be rejoined with our love ones we lost. This book ,with its beautiful language is a revelation and comfort to all who have lost a loved one . Thank you. Catherine M Schulte
  • JML

    By jomartha8
    Beautifully written.
  • Sorry it ended.

    By LK 99
    I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but this was so much more. Highly recommended.
  • Amazing

    By NAF19
    Amazingly well written but so heartbreakingly sad.
  • Beautiful

    By bat4330
    Beautiful story, beautiful writing. I couldn’t put it down
  • This book will make you feel you are back in Shakespearean England

    By RossB-B
    The interactions among different characters are very well done. The details about life in the 1500’s showed how many aspects of life were different and harder then, but human interactions have changed but little.
  • Unexpectedly awesome

    By SpayMart
    I was surprised by how much I loved this
  • Hamnet

    By Klernerfrnkel
    A beautiful story by a gifted writer. Thank you. Never wanted it to end
  • Hamnet

    By kasl or bust
    Compelling story. Hard to put down.