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Hamnet

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781472223791

Publication Date: 31 Mar 2020

Subject: Adult novels

Suitable for: Secondary

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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?

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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.

NOTE: WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

Awards
  • Winner - Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
Category
AF
Subject
Adult novels
Publisher
Pub. date
31 Mar 2020
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First
ISBN
9781472223791
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Binding
Hardback
Pages
384
Width
164mm
Height
242mm
Weight
646g
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