Author(s): 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.
'A beautifully written, illuminating novel about Agnes, the wise, clever woman who saw potential in the young William Shakespeare, and was the mother of his three children, including a beautiful boy called Hamnet. Deeply moving.' – Bookgrove staff review