Knopf

9780525657606

STARRED REVIEW

Hamnet

Graceful and moving, Maggie O’Farrell’s novel is a triumph of literary and historical fiction.

Share this Article:

Review of ‘Hamnet’

Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet is both a brilliant re-creation of the lives of William Shakespeare and his family in late 16th-century Stratford-upon-Avon and an emotionally intense account of the death of the dramatist’s young son and its painful aftermath.

Told mostly through the eyes of Shakespeare’s wife, herbalist and clairvoyant Agnes (known to history as Anne…

Sign Up

Stay on top of new releases: Sign up for our enewsletters to receive reading recommendations in your favorite genres every Tuesday.