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Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Historical fiction

Hamnet

by Maggie O'Farrell

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Shakespearean fans will love this vivd take on the loves and losses of the bard's early adult years.

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    Real-life characters

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    Writer's life

Synopsis

England, 1580. A young Latin tutor—penniless, bullied by a violent father—falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman: a wild creature who walks her family's estate with a falcon on her shoulder and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer. Agnes understands plants and potions better than she does people, but once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when his beloved young son succumbs to bubonic plague.

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