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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I just finished it and thought it was terrific.  My favorite character, after the much-maligned mother, was her brother, Bartholomew.  Would that we all had a brother like that.

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Excellent book.  I didn't want to read it because it got such great reviews and then I found it on sale in the supermarket so bought it on impulse.  I'm glad I did.  Totally original and very well written, I literally couldn't put it down.

 

Always loved Shakespeare at school and a fictitious account of his family life was more welcome than I imagined. An easy read and very compelling.

 

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