Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell joins us to mark the publication of her latest novel, 'Hamnet'.

Topping and Company Bookshop, St Andrews

Wednesday 8th April, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

Winner of the Costa Novel and Betty Trask awards, Maggie O’Farrell is the author of novels including After You’d GoneThe Hand that First Held Mine and This Must Be the Place. She last visited us to celebrate her memoir I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death in 2017.

Hamnet tells the story of Shakespeare’s children, one of whom will not survive the novel, and the spirits that haunt his most famous play -this is a heart-stopping tale.


Venue Information

Topping and Company Bookshop
7 Greyfriars Garden
St Andrews
KY16 9HG
United Kingdom

About the Book


Maggie O'Farrell

Publisher:Headline Publishing Group

Publication date:31 Mar 2020


4.21 out of 5
16 reviews
"This novel also fills in a vacancy, turning the bare fact of Hamnet’s death into a tribute to family bonds and to theatrical power"
Times Literary Supplement
"Nobody writes more movingly about intimate family relationships, especially children, than O'Farrell, who is that rarest of writers; a genuine literary/commercial crossover"
The Bookseller
"a visceral, lushly drawn story"
"The death of the Bard’s son prompts this powerful novel about parental grief"
The Sunday Times
"It's a beautifully written novel but I confess I read it with a faint impatience"
Evening Standard
"Immersive, at times shockingly intimate, and triumphantly brought to fruition, this is a work that ought to win prizes"
The Guardian
"It’s a novel that ultimately feels precious and worthy — something Shakespeare never was"
The Times
"A fictionalised account of the short life of Shakepeare’s son, Hamnet, is a work of profound understanding"
The Observer
"a sensual retelling of Shakespeare’s turbulent family life"
The Daily Telegraph
"a remarkable piece of work"
The Scotsman

Told in Maggie O'Farrell's unique voice, HAMNET reveals for the first time in fiction the story of heartbreaking loss which inspired Shakespeare's most celebrated play