BRLSI BIG READ – Maggie O’ Farrell’s Hamnet

April 21, 2021

As part of the Big Read programme, BRLSI were delighted to play host to a discussion of Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, led by Peter Davies from the Bath Shakespeare Society. O’Farrell’s novel is inspired by the little-known story behind what might be the most famous play in history, Hamlet. The death of Hamnet, Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son, in 1596, just four years before Shakespeare writes his tragic play, lies at the heart of this novel, which explores themes of grief and the devastating impact loss places upon a marriage.

Peter Davies from the Bath Shakespeare Society

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