Set in Stratford-upon-Avon in the mid 1590’s, this is a beautifully imagined story of a family: Hamnet and Judith are 11 year-old twins, their older sister Susanna and mother Agnes. The father, never named, works in the theatre in London. Tragedy strikes when the twins become ill with fever and swollen lymph nodes, a sure sign that the plague has arrived in the village. Maggie O’Farrell weaves a most plausible and fascinating history based on the very few facts known about Shakespeare’s family. A very deserving Winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Lucie (Queen's Square Library)