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  1. In the late 16th century Agnes is delivered of twins, Judith and Hamnet. They have an older.sister, Susannah. Their father is away, working in London. This is a very sketchy precis of Maggie O'Farrell's latest novel. I was totally immersed in it, even surprisingly on my part for Agnes' skills as a herbalist. Her wretchedness that these skills can't save the eleven-year-old Hamnet from the bubonic plague is moving. And of course we wonder when will HE in London know and how long will it take him to travel home. Immersive.
  2. I think I came to this book 17 years too late, although I might have felt the same if I had read it the year it was published. Certainly now, at my advanced age, I no longer suffer fools gladly, and from the very first pages, I thought that Lucy was foolish and Marcus lacking in concern for anything beyond his own desires. I plodded through part one, not at all interested in the pair of them, and was about to abandon it when something happened that piqued my interest just a little and kept me reading on - not with any more interest in the characters, but wondering how the author was
  3. I like most things Maggie O'Farrell has written, and this didn't disappoint. It deals with the relationship between Claudette, a reclusive former movie star, and Daniel, an American linguistics professor with a slightly unstable streak. This is revealed in layers through a range of narrators and times, some of which were less immediately relevant than others at first, but which built up together. It did mean that I found it could be hard to remember where I was and what I already knew. But it all worked. Strangely, it reminded me less of earlier O'Farrell but hugely of Th
  4. Amazon description: I found this novel very engrossing, particularly the flashbacks to Esme in her youth, and the events which led to her incarceration. It deals with similar territory to the film the Magdalene Laundries, tho slightly different in terms of class background. I found the ending initially dissatisfying, but I've been thinking about it since finishing the book and I can see that it made more sense than any alternative. I really liked the style of the book. The writer slips in and out of different time periods very skilfully without ever losing the reader. I'd be int
  5. RESTORED THREAD January 2013 megustaleer 9th February 2011 03:42 PM After You'd Gone From Amazon Reviews: I enjoyed this very much while I was reading it, although each 'voice' told its part of the story in very short passages. This, and the changing about between the present, the near past and the further past was slightly irritating at first. However, I was hooked by the question of what Alice had seen in the station Superloo and keen to see the puzzle unravelled. It's pretty obvious to the reader quite early on what secret is uncovered by what Alice has seen, although exactly
  6. Am posting this here as it refers to her new book, The Hand That First Held Mind. There aren't spoilers though. Maggie O'Farrell is one of those authors who is often unjustly labelled as a 'woman's writer' by those who haven't read her work. Anyone who has, though, will know her novels offer so much more than the dull soup of domestic drudgery served up by lesser talents. O'Farrell's books do explore relationships between men and women but they also examine so much more, whether it's the scandalous incarceration of spirited but sane women in mental asylums in the past (as in The Vanishing
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