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Hamnet and Judith
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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"Remarkable . . . will leave you shaking with loss but also the love from which family is spun." Emma Donoghue, author of Room "Without a doubt one of the best novels I've ever read." Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART. England, 1580. A young Latin tutor--penniless, bullied by a violent father--falls in love with an 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 on the Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband. His gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when their beloved twins, Hamnet and Judith, are afflicted with the bubonic plague, and, devastatingly, one of them succumbs to the illness. A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, Hamnet & Judith is mesmerizing and seductive, an impossible-to-put-down novel from one of our most gifted writers.
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melissajayne
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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#12booksof2022 I finally got around to this one in March and once I got into the book, I really liked it. I can see why it won a couple of book awards in 2020. Yes, it‘s just the same book as the one with the cover with the large H on it.

Andrew65 Looks interesting. 1mo
melissajayne @Andrew65 it is a very interesting book 1mo
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melissajayne
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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#bookreport Finished two books this past week and considering how I am feeling, that is quite good for me these days.

#currentlyreading the HP book is my #doublespin book for March and Apples is a two week loan and the loan for An Impartial Witness is also coming up soon.

#weeklyforecast Need to get The Language of Flowers done for this coming Saturday for my book club meeting.

Cinfhen I really enjoyed 11mo
Cinfhen Is tagged book the same as Hamnet??? 11mo
melissajayne @Cinfhen yes it is 11mo
lauraisntwilder The Language of Flowers is so good! 11mo
melissajayne @phyhill it's why I chose it for my book club meeting this coming weekend. 11mo
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melissajayne
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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4⭐️ I will admit that I got this book because everyone was talking about it a little over a year ago. It took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I did, I quite enjoyed it. #2022 #bookreview #bookstagram #historicalfiction #fiction #basedonatruestory #awardwinner #womensprize

Was my #bookspin book for March

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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melissajayne
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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I am reading the tagged book and The Last Rose of Shanghai and The Other Bennet Sister; may work on HP and the Deathly Hallows as well. #weekendreading

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TheKidUpstairs
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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Possibly the best book I've read so far this year. It has a rhythm that pulls you along, through love, grief, dread, hope, family, humanity, understanding, and nature. It manages to be pensive and propulsive and the same time. Beautiful and heartbreaking and hopeful. The last scene undid me.

TW: death of a child

Prairiegirl_reading I can‘t stand how it has a different title and that awful cover in Canada! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Prairiegirl_reading the title I agree with, it is frustrating and confusing. But I think the Canadian cover is equally beautiful! 2y
MsMelissa @Prairiegirl_reading The UK and US version with the Hamnet title is now available here. I wish I had waited to buy a copy as I would have preferred the non-Canadian edition 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Prairiegirl_reading @MsMelissa oh! Good to know!! Thanks! 2y
MsMelissa @Prairiegirl_reading It‘s also on sale online at Indigo for $15 (I looked to confirm it‘s availability) 😉 2y
BarbaraBB How weird it has a different title in Canada! 2y
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BiblioLitten
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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The multiple titles and covers are confusing but the reviews are promising. I love the cover with the letter H. 💙
#fridaynightplans #currentlyreading

EvieBee I had to do a double take! Haven‘t seen this edition! 2y
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Kazzie
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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Wow! Favourite book in a really long time. Heartbreaking story about love and losing a son. You know what happens, and it is still gut wrenching. But told so beautifully. Love how Shakespeare isn‘t mentioned. Love his wife and family as interpretatives by the author

Lindy I loved this novel too. Did you mean to say ‘losing‘ or ‘missing‘ instead of kissing? 2y
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TheLudicReader
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Storm Day...so I got a chance to finish this amazing book about Shakespeare (although he is never named) and his wife, Agnes (more commonly known as Anne) and their children. This is a masterful narrative which dips in and out of different points in their lives, and is filled with beautiful and heartbreaking moments. A book to be savoured.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
wanderinglynn What a cute kitty! ❤️🐱 2y
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JacqMac
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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So, so very good!! “This is a work of fiction, inspired by the short life of a boy who died in Stratford, Warwickshire, in the summer of 1596.” His father‘s name is never mentioned, but he just happens to have written a very famous play to honor his dead son, and express his deep grief. This is a beautiful, brilliant story. “I am dead: thou livest; ...draw thy breath in pain to tell my story. “ Hamlet, Act V, scene ii

ValerieAndBooks Is this the same as Hamnet but with a different title? 2y
JacqMac @ValerieAndBooks Yes. I don‘t know why we have a different title in Canada. 2y
ValerieAndBooks @JacqMac 🤔 and not only that, very different cover! 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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My new audio! I ran out and bought the book completely forgetting I pre-ordered the audio!

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Lindy
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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The impact of a child‘s death is exquisitely portrayed, with all of the deeper resonances that accrue from choosing to place the family in the path of a (bubonic) plague & for the male head of that family to be a 16th-c English playwright whose name is recognized worldwide today, even though it is never mentioned in the novel. I was totally swept up in this #audiobook read by Daisy Donovan. But why did the Canadian publisher change the title?

Heideschrampf And the N in italics, too... 🤦‍♀️ 2y
Freespirit My favourite book this year! 2y
Lindy @Heideschrampf A bit heavy-handed, that N 2y
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Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this book 2y
Lindy @Cathythoughts @Freespirit Agnes, the wife and mother in this novel, is my favourite kind of character: a complex, independent woman. 2y
Freespirit @Lindy I totally agree! 2y
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Lindy
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She grows up feeling wrong, out of place, too dark, too tall, too unruly, too opinionated, too silent, too strange. She grows up with the awareness that she is merely tolerated, an irritant, useless, that she does not deserve love, that she will need to change herself substantially, crush herself down if she is to be married.

CaffeineAndCandy ɴɪᴄᴇ ǫᴜᴏᴛᴇ 👍 2y
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Becker
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Maggie O'Farrell is such a talented stylist and it shines through like the sun in the writing of this book. I loved what she did with the character of Shakespeare's wife, Agnes. I loved how she keeps Shakespeare offside to give room for Agnes to tell her story. I also love the way O'Farrell portrays grief in her writing. Unlike anyone else. It is a beautiful, creative, memorable piece of writing.

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Revenge4bess
Hamnet and Judith: A novel | Maggie O'Farrell
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I‘m enjoying this book

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Made two book purchases today - Utopia Avenue and Hamnet & Judith and picked up one book from the library - Exile Music.

Can i quit work for the day now and just read?