The brilliant Maggie O’Farrell dominates the 2020 book world
The author of the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, Maggie O’Farrell has completely dominated the 2020 books round ups and cultural highlights. Excitement levels for her first historical novel #Hamnet are sky high! The wonderful Hamnet is coming March 31st from Tinder Press.
PRAISE FOR HAMNET:
- 3rd December STYLIST Best New Books for 2020 https://www.stylist.co.uk/books/best-books-2020-fiction-memoir/327988
‘Hold on to your hats as Maggie O’Farrell gives her inimitable flourish to Shakespeare’s most famous work on 31 March. Inspired by the death of Shakespeare’s son – Hamnet – at the age of 11 and the playwright’s inspiration for Hamlet, this is a beautifully written story that explores a family’s loss and and a marriage steeped in grief in the most extraordinary of ways.’
- 12th December SUNDAY TIMES Books to watch out for in 2020 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/2020-what-to-watch-out-for-next-year-sunday-times-books-gb2dwht8s
- 25th December TIMES Best Books of 2020: what to look out for
- 26th December BBC NEWS ONLINE Books 2020: What you could be reading https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50463141
- 27th December COSMOPOLITAN The best books being published in 2020 https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/worklife/g30100394/best-books-2020/
‘You’ll lap up this intricately told story of grief, love and the bond between twins.’
- 27th December DAILY MAIL Ring in 2020 with a great book https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-7829873/Ring-2020-great-new-book.html
- 27th December THE IRISH TIMES Books Preview 2020 https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/books-preview-2020-our-vision-for-the-year-ahead-1.4112046
- 29th December OBSERVER Fiction To Look Out For by Alex Preston https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/29/fiction-to-look-out-for-in-2020
‘One of the year’s biggest novels is sure to be the final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light (4th Estate, March), which is under strict embargo. Will it be great? Probably. Will it win the Booker? Possibly (although there’s serious competition). It could well be pipped to the prize by Maggie O’Farrell’s miraculous Hamnet (Tinder Press, March) – a beautiful imagination of the short life of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, and the untold story of his wife, “Agnes” Hathaway, which builds into a profound exploration of the healing power of creativity.’
- 1st Jan GUARDIAN What will authors be reading in 2020? https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/01/matt-haig-gina-miller-cressida-cowell-authors-reading-2020
Cressida Cowell picked Maggie’s Hamnet, saying: ‘her writing is wonderful and I adore Shakespeare’.
- 4th Jan GUARDIAN 2020 in Books: A Literary Calendar https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/04/2020-in-books-a-literary-calendar
- 5th Jan OBSERVER 20 for 2020: unmissable culture and rising stars https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/05/20-for-2020-rising-stars-unmissable-things
‘Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet (March) marks a departure for a much-loved and acclaimed author as she too takes on historical fiction. “Dazzling. Devastating,” says Kamila Shamsie of the novel, which was inspired by the family tragedy of Shakespeare’s son, who died aged 11.’
And there is much more to come.
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