Book Group: Hamnet (Led by Ann Walters)

Ann Walters leads a discussion of the novel Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Boston Globe says of Hamnet, "A family saga so bursting with life, touched by magic, and anchored in affection. . . . Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare's life, about whether he even wrote his own plays, here is a novel that matches him with a woman overwhelmingly more than worthy." Our book groups are free, but registration is required, and space may be limited. Email Robert at to reserve your spot. 

About the Book: England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young alike. The end of days is near, but life always goes on. A young Latin tutor--penniless and bullied by a violent father--falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family's land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.

"Elliptical, dreamlike. . . . [ Hamnet] confirms O'Farrell as an extraordinarily versatile writer, with a profound understanding of the most elemental human bonds--qualities also possessed by a certain former Latin tutor from Stratford."
--The Observer (UK)

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
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ISBN: 9781984898876
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life ... here is a novel ... so gorgeously written that it transports you." —The Boston Globe