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    Inhaltsangabe

    Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
    The Sunday Times best seller

    Two extraordinary people. A love that draws them together. A loss that threatens to tear them apart.

    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.

    Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it 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.

    ©2020 Maggie O'Farrell (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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    "A thing of shimmering wonder." (David Mitchell)

    "Richly sensuous...something special." (The Sunday Times)

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    Pest, Elternschaft, alternative Medizin, Geister, paranormale Fähigkeiten, historischer Roman, oh mein Gott was für ein Buch!

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    A tour de force

    Ì loved this book. Beautifully written and beautifully read. This was my first full-length audio book and I found myself really savouring the language, far more than I would do on the written page. It succeeds admirably in portraying what life must have been like in Elizabethan England with the threat of sickness and death always lurking just round the corner, with horses the only mode of transport, the widespread illiteracy, the violence that marked many relationships. The plot is cleverly woven, telling two stories, of birth and death, until they eventually come together. It is also an exploration of grief and of how it is experienced differently by man and woman, driving them apart. The only thing I didn't understand was why Shakespeare called his play after his son, but that didn't detract from this brilliantly crafted story.