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  • Unputdownable!

    I loved every bit of this book...I could hear the noise, smelt the smells , feel the heartbreak. So well written, I could not put it down...I wanted to finish it, but I didn't at the same time. Can't rate it highly enough.

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  • Hamnet

    Heading into my 2020 best ten. Studied Hamlet at A level - you have a bond with those set books. Thanks Maggie O'Farrell for explaining the Hamnet/Hamlet niggle.

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  • Wonderful creative evocation of Shakespeare's time

    Cleverly constructed in that the William Shakespeare figure hovers mostly off stage, with Hamnet's mother the focal figure. Beautifully constructed, evoking the smells, beliefs, food and domestic life of the period, with Hamlet the stage play transforming the lives of Shakespeare's family.

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  • Ok- but just ok

    I so wanted to like this book because I have been a Maggie O’ Farrell reader for years. But this novel, though imaginative and clever and one of the most poignant and gripping portraits of grief at the loss of a child left me cold at the end. It was the type of book I dreaded getting back to. Maybe I shouldn’t have chosen it during a pandemic, but I think it’s more than that. Somehow I couldn’t get into the characters, especially the character of Agnes. Elizabethan life is finely portrayed, Shakespeare himself, who is never mentioned by name is absent for much of the novel. I liked the way O’Farrell wove the twin theme into her story- a theme so dear to Shakespeare in many of his plays . But that’s all I liked in the end. And the ending itself falls like a deflated balloon. I’m glad this isn’t the first O’Farrell novel I’ve read, because it would have turned me away from the others which I’ve so enjoyed. But this is overwritten, and close reading went unrewarded.

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    2 person found this review helpful

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  • Extraordinary!

    This book is fascinating and impossible to put down. The emotions I went through whilst reading - wow! The author is, quite simply, a genius.

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