Writers Who Read #34

3 October 2021

Hamnet
by Maggie O'Farrell

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Hamnet – Maggie O'Farrell

  • Marketing: Historical Literary Fiction, Romance Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Historical Archplot Long-Form
  • Print Pages: 320
  • Word count: 108,033; Avg. wds/sent.: 13.96
  • Reading Level: Grade 7; Lexical Density: 43.45
  • Flesch Reading Ease: 79.73

  • POV: Multiple

  • Publish date: July 21, 2020
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Sold By: Random House
  • Audio book narr.: Ell Potter (12 hrs 42 mins)

  • Awards: 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award; 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction
  • Recognition: A Best Book of 2020: NY Times
  • About Maggie O'Farrell      

  • Born: N. Ireland; Educated: Cambridge; Lives: Edinburgh, with novelist husband William Sutcliffe & their 3 children

  • First aware of Hamnet through her high school English teacher, Mr. Henderson

  • Started writing Hamnet ten years ago; procrastinated by writing two novels and a memoir
  • - Instructions for a Heatwave (2013)
  • - This Must Be the Place (2016)
  • - I Am, I Am, I Am (memoir, 2017)

  • Couldn't write death scene until her son was 12 years old. Written in a garden shed.

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