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.
Drawing on Maggie O'Farrell's long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare's most enigmatic play, Hamnet is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at the heart of which is the loss of a beloved child. It also provides an unforgettable vindication of Agnes, a woman intriguingly absent from history. CCI is delighted to present this live on-line rencontre with its award-winning author on the occasion of the publication by Belfond of the French translation.
"Hamnet confirms O’Farrell as an extraordinarily versatile writer, with a profound understanding of the most elemental human bonds." (The Guardian)
"Beautifully written and intensely moving" (BBC)
(Re)watch the talk hosted by journalist and producer Dearbhail McDonald with the author Maggie O'Farrell: