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Hamnet
Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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 taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever. A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down--a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.
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squirrelbrain
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https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2022/nov/08/rsc-to-stage-play-about-plague-dea...

Anyone fancy a trip next April to see Hamnet on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon?!

LeahBergen Oh, fun! 3w
sarahbarnes Wow! 😍 3w
batsy Aaah 😍 if only! 3w
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PNWBookseller85
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Customers at the bookshop have been telling me to read this book for years. And I get it now. It‘s amazing how O‘Farrell takes you inside her characters minds and the historical details she adds so casually are incredible. But as a mom of two, this book also kind of destroyed me emotionally. Had to take breaks to hug my kids and be thankful for modern medicine.

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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t like the characters. I found it hard to follow at the start: who was who and how are they connected to each other? I wasn‘t a fan of the writing style: everything felt detached to me – maybe this is why I didn‘t like the characters? Why oh why did we need to include the magical realism (did NOT like that at all!): cont in comments...

LibraryCin in addition to Agnes‘s (the mother‘s) foresight, which wasn‘t bad, there was another part that changed a huge part of the story, and I thought it was stupid! I feel like with everything I didn‘t like, I should rate it lower, but I am rating it ok, based on the story itself 2mo
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Megabooks
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Why did I wait so long to read this masterpiece? You really feel like you‘re there in Stratford! I can‘t wait to see her in less than two weeks!

Based on real events from Shakespeare‘s life, O‘Farrell brings you into the world of 1590s England. In dual timelines, she imagines William and Agnes‘s love story and then the way his three children are raised. She draws on Hamnet‘s real death to bring fear and consequences of the plague to life.

youneverarrived Lovely photo 💕 2mo
jlhammar So glad you liked it! Such a good book. I haven't started The Marriage Portrait yet, but it is in my to-read soon stack. Beautiful blooms! 2mo
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BarbaraBB Fab review. I didn‘t realize you hadn‘t read it yet. It is totally your kind of book! 2mo
Megabooks @jlhammar I‘m so excited to pick up my copy at Parnassus! It‘s been hard to hold off reading with all the great reviews coming in. 2mo
Megabooks @jlhammar and thank you! We‘re really enjoying these October daisies. 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it is. I usually end up liking historical fiction more than I think I will, especially if it‘s pre-19th century. 2mo
LeahBergen I just started it, too! 2mo
Megabooks @LeahBergen I hope you love it too! 2mo
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Teresereading
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📕- Hamnet
Author - Knut Hamsun, Thomas Hardy
Movie 🎥 - A Hard Day‘s Night
Band - The Hold Steady
Song 🎶- Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

My eclectic pick for #manicmonday
#LetterH @CBee

CBee Hamnet ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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mcausten_sister
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Panpan

I finished Hamnet this morning. O'Farrell almost had me in Part 3, not gonna lie, but her prose is so obnoxious that it ruins the impact of the grief she tries to portray.

After 305 pages William Shakespeare remains unnamed even as his wife, Agnes, stands in his playhouse watching Hamlet.

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SaraBeagle
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I read Hamnet in January and absolutely loved it. Picked up Heatwave and Esme Lennox. Loved those too! So I just grabbed the rest 😂 Finished the last one just in time for her new one next week. (Hamnet is definitely my fav)

TrishB I love her too ❤️ 3mo
BkClubCare Focus! Love this. 3mo
CarolynM I loved the only one I‘ve read. I will read more one day…🥴 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve read 4 or 5 of her books and loved them all! 3mo
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Sara_Planz
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This is a story about Agnes, and the author makes this point by never using Shakespeare's name. This is a tale about motherhood and the role of a wife in those times. This reimagining is empowering, tragic, hopeful, and it is written in such an engaging and captivating way. I think it also helps the reader understand grief and how it can affect people's relationships with others as well as with themselves.

DivineDiana Loved this! So creative! 3mo
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perfectsinner
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Stopped at my library. I've seen a lot about it so I thought I would give it a try. I wish it wasn't large print, but alas.

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I wasn‘t sure I wanted to hear a story set during the plague, but I trust the friend that recommended it…. And this was beautiful. Sad, yes, especially in the middle, and the writing was stunning and created such a wondrous atmosphere. The narrator was perfect as well and put my mind directly into Stratford in the late 1500s.

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Mirazzles
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I‘ve heard really good things about this one. 🤔

melissajayne It is good 4mo
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MamaGina
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FYI: CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR YOUR KINDLE $2.99 🇺🇸

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jen_hayes7
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Finished Hamnet while getting my hair done today. Gosh, this was good. I loved Agnes‘ character so much. The writing is beautiful. I‘ll remember this book for a very long time. #readharder2022

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Scochrane26
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It‘s fitting that I finished this story about a mother on Mother‘s Day. I enjoyed this imagining of Agnes & William Shakespeare‘s life, but I knew it would be sad since you know going in they will lose their son. Most of you all have read this already.

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jenniferajanes
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Interesting book speculating why Shakespeare‘s son died while still a boy. The detail about life during that period, the “plague season” and how it was handled, and the extended family experiences portrayed were captivating. #audiobook #Libby

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squirrelbrain
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Lovely article from today‘s Observer newspaper… full article here. ⬇️

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/may/01/shakespeares-tragic-twins-memori...

Kimberlone That was such a a good book! 7mo
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unreal
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I, like just about everyone else, loved this! But I wept so be prepared and only read if you're in a state where you're okay being very sad.

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kwmg40
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I loved this beautifully written historical novel, an imagined account of the life and death of Shakespeare's son Hamnet, told mostly through the eyes of his wife Agnes.

This is my 4th and final book completed for the #AwesomeApril readathon. Thank you @Andrew65 for hosting!

It's also my #DoubleSpin book for this month! #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! And a gorgeous cover!! 7mo
kwmg40 @TheAromaofBooks Yes, agree about the cover! 7mo
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zezeki
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Finished my first April read! There were moments when I struggled a bit, especially in the beginning, but overall I enjoyed the story, and how the author brought Shakespeare to life, and made him, and his family, feel real and human, and not just some historical names. I really enjoyed the portrayal of Agnes and her relationship with Shakespeare. 📚📚📚

BiblioLitten I really liked this one. 7mo
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zezeki
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Currently reading, it's been on my TBR for a while now. I'm about halfway through and I'm not sure how I feel about it. There are moments where I was immersed, and then there are moments where I was struggling to finish a page. 😅🤷🏻‍♀️📚📚

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OutAndAbout
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Excellent telling of one possibility for the life and death of Shakespeare‘s young son. I like how the prose matches the time period while still being very readable. I was struck that I didn‘t notice until the end that Shakespeare‘s name was never mentioned. He was the tutor, the husband, the father, bit never Bill or William. I didn‘t notice that until nearly the end because it was so well done, adding a feeling of his absence. Highly recommended

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Gissy
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I am enjoying this author‘s writing. It was a sad story, almost a retelling but beautifully written. I love Agnes with her peculiar, odd, strange personality. She had this kind of sixth sense, instinct, almost magical intuition. It really worked for me. Thank you @SprainBrain for this lovely book ( #Staycationintime swap 2021) because I collect (not book hoarder😜) different editions of my favorite books, I need the UK edition too🙌 4.5⭐️

Gissy I love deckled pages😍The mug was a present from a friend last year. The group visited Ireland after London Marathon.
March #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks
#Irishauthor but she was also grew up in #Wales
#2022ReadingGoals read books received from swaps
GoodReads #ATY2022 prompt #28 =book that won an award from Powell‘s list
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
sprainedbrain I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! I loved that book so much. ❤️ 8mo
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BacklistReader
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I read this one with my family for our book club and personally enjoyed it a lot.

I would say if you want the history stuff you‘re better to go to a different book but if you want a good story this will hit the spot.

One thing we talked about was that it doesn‘t feel like Hamnet‘s story but rather that if his grieving mother.

#hamnet #maggieofearrell

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CBee
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Beautifully written ♥️ Too tired to write much more than that 😂 but I loved it.

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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This book got off to a slow start, but I absolutely loved it when it picked up about 1/4 of the way in. Such an imaginative story with beautiful writing! Loved it. If you like historical fiction, this would be a good one to pick up.

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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This book is very good. The author has a way of describing so much using so few words at times. I‘m interested in her other books now!
My twin sister and I have a “book club” and this is the second book featuring twins we‘ve read together. It‘s interesting because sometimes I cringe, but I thought this was done well.

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Julsmarshall
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My goodness. What a lovely, compelling and sad story. Based on the passing of William Shakespeare‘a son, the bard is a quiet character with his wife and children taking center stage. Strange to read this perspective of a life lost during a pandemic during these times. I‘ll be thinking of this one for awhile. Thanks for encouraging me to read this one right away, @Ireadkidlit !

Becker A beautiful story. 9mo
readordierachel So good! 9mo
jlhammar Wonderful book. 9mo
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zezeki
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Another visit to the library! The one on the right is from a Croatian author and it's about her childhood in Dalmatia which is also where I grew up. There's a popular play about it also, which I haven't seen. This year I chose to read more Croatian authors because the last time I did that it was back in high school for our literature class. 📚📚📚

DivineDiana Loved Hamnet! Here‘s to challenging yourself! 👏🏻 8mo
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BookMaven9
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A BIG FAT DNF! Only 305 pages and I just can‘t do it! I got to 245 and had to bag it. One long, boring slog! I have only so much life to give to my books and I have stack and stacks of them just waiting to be read. I cannot waste my time. I‘m sure I am in the minority here as so many people love this book and I‘m glad for it. But for me, this book tried to kill me! That is all!

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Sharv_Sona
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I loved this book! I finished it in school, and I felt like curling into a small ball. It was so hard to not post the entire book as a quote in Litsy! Maggie O‘Farrell really did a great job with this book. I think what intrigued me the most was the writing and how well the characters were portrayed. I am going to give this book: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Sharv_Sona
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The trick is never to let down your guard. Never think you are safe. Never take for granted that your children‘s hearts beat, that they sup milk, that they draw breath, that they walk and speak and smile and argue and play. Never for a moment forget they may be gone, snatched from you, in the blink of an eye, borne away from you like thistledown.

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Sharv_Sona
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What is given may be taken away, at any time. Cruelty and devastation wait for you around corners, inside coffers, behind doors: they can leap out at you at any time, like a thief or brigand.

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Sharv_Sona
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This person is now lost to her forever. She is someone adrift in her life, who doesn‘t recognise it. She is unmoored, at a loss. She is someone who weeps if she cannot find a shoe or overboils the soup or trips over a pot. Small things undo her. Nothing is certain anymore

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Sharv_Sona
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She hates the way the people part to let them past and then, behind them, regroup, erasing their passage, as if it were nothing, as if it never were.

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Sharv_Sona
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He has, Anges sees, done what any father would wish to do, to exchange his child‘s suffering for his own, to take his place, to offer himself up in his child‘s stead so that the boy might live.

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Sharv_Sona
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You cannot change what you are given, cannot bend or alter what is dealt to you.

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Sharv_Sona
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Anyone, who describes dying as ‘slipping away‘ or ‘peaceful‘ has never witnessed it happen. Death is violent, death is a struggle. The body clings to life, as ivy to a wall, and will not easily let go, will not surrender its grip without a fight

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Sharv_Sona
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Death is violent, death is a struggle.

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Sharv_Sona
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Every life has its core, its hub, its epicenter, from which everything flows out and to which everything returns.

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Sharv_Sona
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Translation: in the year 1580, a couple living on Henley Street in Stratford had three children: Susanna and then Hamnet and and Judith, who were twins.

The boy, Hamnet, died 1596, at eleven years of age.
Around four years later the father wrote a play called ‘Hamlet‘.

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Sharv_Sona
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Nothing better than a good book on vacation!

I went to the library to borrow this book, and after borrowing it I realised that this book is in Swedish. I suppose I‘m still going to read it, but it might take me longer.
When I post quotes, I will try my best to translate, although it might not be fully accurate, so you‘ll have to work with me. 🙃

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Macnjen
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This book is so well written, is captivating and kept me reading on. It's a sad story for sure, but the sense of place and character building is wonderfully done. I love O“Farrell's writing , she creates such believable stories and characters. #litsyAtoZ for H 2022

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wanderinglynn
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#unpopularopinion

I don‘t get all the hype around this book. I found it overwritten & overwrought, a great example of purple prose. I didn‘t care for it for several reasons. This is a pan for me. At least it‘s off my TBR bookcase.

Book 1 for #20in4 (no idea how much time as I always forget to use a timer) 🤷🏼‍♀️😆

#pantone2022

Clwojick 💙💙💙 9mo
jewright I have a hold on it at the library right now. 9mo
wanderinglynn @jewright it has stellar reviews & it‘s an award winner. So it could just be me. 9mo
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Addison_Reads I bailed on it and I don't think I'll go back. I just found myself bored while reading it. I need more than pretty words. 9mo
wanderinglynn @Addison_Reads I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who thought it was wordy fluff. 9mo
Andrew65 Oh dear 😔 9mo
BookMaven9 I‘m literally crawling through this and hating it 9mo
wanderinglynn @Booklover2 Sorry you‘re hating it, but I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 😆 9mo
BookMaven9 this was such a bore fest. i DNF‘D it as well and i was almost done. 8mo
wanderinglynn @Booklover2 I thought so too. And I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who didn‘t get the hype. 8mo
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Peaceful_Reader
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This started slow for me but I came upon a passage with words that fit together in a beautiful way and I couldn‘t put the book down.

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IselaKay
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This is a beautifully written story about a family that deals with loss. There is a lot not known about Shakespeare and his family and that gave O‘ Farrell a lot of room for speculation and creativity.
The pace was a little slow and the chapters were long which made it hard for me to read for long periods of time—but I took my time with it and I‘m glad I did.

Recommend.

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Ncostell
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I recently read O‘Farrell‘s I Am, I Am, I Am which also explores the thin thread between life and death. She deftly tells the story of the death of Shakespeare‘s son Hamnet and its effect on the entire family and his father‘s writing. Shakespeare himself however takes a backseat in this book allowing us to view this tale from the view of his wife Agnes‘ lens. It‘s been many years since I‘ve read Hamlet but I am tempted to pick it up again.

Suet624 Lovely review. 9mo
Ncostell @Suet64 Thank you! It was one of those books that will stick with me for awhile. 9mo
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rachaich
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She's a bloody good writer, isn't she?
Such delicate prose, vivid descriptions and superb characters.
A very good and worthwhile read, full of history and culture and such sadness and love. 😢😲😥

TheLudicReader Such a beautiful book. 9mo
Cathythoughts So beautiful ❤️💫 9mo
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Sophronisba
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I loved Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet so I am very excited that she has a new book coming out on 9/1, about Lucrezia de' Medici.

https://www.thebookseller.com/rights/tinder-press-snaps-up-electrifying-new-nove...

annahenke Intriguing! 9mo
magickalbard Yesssss! 9mo
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