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 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.
Maggie O'Farrell's acclaimed and award winning novel Hamnet is inspired by the story of Shakespeare's only son. It is also the story of the bond between twins, of a glove maker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. Immersive, compelling and beautifully written, Hamnet 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.
Published by Tinder Press