Likely Stories : Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell

Aug 19, 2021

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

William Shakespeare is surely one of the greatest talents of all time.  His works are witty, explosive, endearing, and charming admired and loved across the globe.  Maggie O’Farrell has written a novel that captures the essence of Shakespeare himself.  Maggie wrote eight novels, including her latest, Hamnet.  She was born in Northern Ireland in 1972, and now lives in Edinburgh. 



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