Maggie O'Farrell: Hamnet

Join Maggie O'Farrell at the Cambridge Literary Festival


Wednesday 21st April, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Making a welcome return to the festival, Maggie O’Farrell joins us to discuss Hamnet, arguably the book of her career. Scooping the coveted Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020, Hamnet is inspired by the short life of a sixteenth century boy – the son of the playwright William Shakespeare, whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written. The book is a brilliant and tender piece of historical fiction, re-imagining the bond between twins and a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. Come and hear from one of our finest novelists.

In conversation with writer Jo Browning Wroe, whose debut novel A Terrible Kindness will be published in Spring 2022.

£6 - Single Event Ticket 
£35.00-£50 Cambridge Literary Festival pass 

The full line up for the Cambridge Literary Festival (online) can be found here

About the Book


Maggie O'Farrell

Publisher:Headline Publishing Group

Publication date:31 Mar 2020


4.25 out of 5
18 reviews
"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
"(a) heartbreaking, beautifully written story"
Daily Mail
"(an) undeniably intriguing, well-researched novel"
The Sunday Telegraph
"Maggie O’Farrell recreates Shakespeare’s family and that of Elizabethan England"
Irish Times
"O’Farrell seems always to be tugging at the reader’s sleeve, telling us to feel something"
Literary Review
"The grief of Hamnet’s parents as they watch their adored child succumb to the plague is hauntingly described in Maggie O’Farrell’s novel"
The Spectator
"Shakespeare’s wife takes centre stage in a superb imagining of the impact of the death of the couple’s son"
Financial Times

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