Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading. You can also share from a book you want to highlight just because it caught your fancy.
My extracts today are from Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, one of my favourite authors, and the winner of this year’s Woman’s Prize for Fiction. I’ve just started to read it.
The book begins:
A boy is coming down the stairs.
Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader . If you have to improvise, that is okay. *Find a snippet, short and sweet, but no spoilers!
- Grab a book, any book.
- Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
- Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
- Post it.
- Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.
Hamnet climbs the stairs, breathing hard after his run through the town. It seems to drain his strength, putting one leg in front of the other, lifting each foot to each stair. He uses the handrail to haul himself along.
What a coincidence that both the opening paragraph and the extract from page 56 are about Hamnet climbing the stairs – first down and then up.
On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?
This is historical fiction inspired by Hamnet, Shakespeare’s son and is a story of the bond between twins.
13 thoughts on “My Friday Post: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell”
I’ve seen this but for some of other reason, didn’t know what it was about! This can be brilliant! Please let me know how you find it?
Happy weekend, enjoy your book and here’s my Weekend Book Friends
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Oh, this does sound intriguing, Margaret! I’d heard of it, but not yet read it. I hope you’ll enjoy it and I look forward to your thoughts about it.
Fascinating excerpts! I have been eyeing this book, as I enjoy the author. Thanks for sharing…and enjoy. Here’s mine: “UNFOLLOW ME”
I haven’t heard of this book or author before. Thanks for the introduction. This week I am spotlighting A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden – a historical mystery. Happy reading!
I’ve heard wonderful things about this book and heard a fascinating interview with the author just last week. Enjoy the read!
I haven’t heard of Hamnet before. It seems like a good story.
I’m curious for more!! Happy weekend!
I really like Maggie O’Farrell so I’m very much looking forward to reading this one.
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I think I’d love this book. Shakespeare’s son? Wow. My Friday Quotes are here
Hamnet is my #1 favorite book published in 2020, and it just won the Women’s Fiction Prize!!!!!
Sounds like an interesting story. I hope his sister is okay! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week 🙂
I’m really looking forward to this one! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I loved the beginning of this book, but found the romance part tedious. Apparently it got better at the end again, but I couldn’t get past the wild untamed girl/poet teacher romance trope…
But it won the Women’s Prize so what do I know?
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