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Maggie O'Farrell (1) (1972–)

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Maggie O'Farrell is the author of several novels including After You'd Gone, My Lover's Lover, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Instructions for a Heatwave, and This Must Be the Place. She received a Somerset Maugham Award for The Distance Between Us and the 2010 Costa Novel Award for The Hand vis mere That First Held Mine. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Maggie O'Farrell

Hamnet (2020) 3,934 eksemplarer
Esme Lennox' forsvindingsnummer (2006) 2,979 eksemplarer
The Marriage Portrait (2022) 1,333 eksemplarer
After You'd Gone (2000) 1,239 eksemplarer
The Hand That First Held Mine (2010) 1,114 eksemplarer
Instructions for a Heatwave (2013) 1,041 eksemplarer
This Must Be the Place (2016) 857 eksemplarer
My Lover's Lover (2002) 527 eksemplarer
Afstanden imellem os (2004) 491 eksemplarer
Where Snow Angels Go (2020) 32 eksemplarer
The Boy Who Lost His Spark (2022) 3 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Yellow Wallpaper [short fiction] (1892) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver3,093 eksemplarer
Our Spoons Came from Woolworths (1950) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver690 eksemplarer
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Bidragyder — 293 eksemplarer
The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings (2009) — Introduktion — 130 eksemplarer
Granta 145: Ghosts (2018) — Bidragyder — 48 eksemplarer
The Sunday Night Book Club (2006) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer
Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods (2011) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
New Writing 13 (2005) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
The Best Contemporary Women's Fiction: Six Novels (2010) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
A Day in the Life (2003) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
O'Farrell, Maggie
UK (Northern Ireland)
Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Wales, UK
Hong Kong
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
New Hall, University of Cambridge (BA|1993)
creative writing teacher
Sutcliffe, William (husband)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Waterstones 25 Authors for the Future (2007)
Women´s Price for Fiction (2020)
Kort biografi
Maggie O'Farrell is the author of several novels including After You'd Gone, My Lover's Lover, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Instructions for a Heatwave, and This Must Be the Place. She received a Somerset Maugham Award for The Distance Between Us and the 2010 Costa Novel Award for The Hand That First Held Mine. (Bowker Author Biography)

From The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell



Group Read: Hamnet i Club Read 2023 (februar 17)


This is a historical fiction story about Agnes Shakespeare, the wife of the renown playwright. History does not reveal a great deal about Shakespeare’s family life so it takes the very talented Maggie O’Farrell to produce this fascinating fiction about Agnes. She is portrayed as a psychic and herbalist who marries William when she is 3 months pregnant with their first child Susanna. They are living in Stratford next door to Shakespeare’s parents. His father is a brutal, angry man and his mother is more subdued. The family tolerates Agnes’ oddness and clairvoyance and respects her intelligence. As William becomes more successful he spends more time in London, leaving Agnes, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith alone. The plague visits the family home and a child’s death becomes a heartbreaking fissure in the couple’s relationship.
This story is a page turner. It is very well written, characters are well developed and the natural world that Agnes explores and uses for medicines is beautifully described.
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MaggieFlo | 210 andre anmeldelser | Nov 29, 2023 |
Its been a long time since a book affected me like this one did. I can't quite put a finger on how I felt upon finishing it, but I can say it struck a chord- love it or hate it, it resonates like a good book should.
jskeltz | 193 andre anmeldelser | Nov 23, 2023 |
I wouldn’t have picked this one up if I hadn’t read another of her books (This Must Be the Place), but I’m grateful that I did. I very much enjoy the author’s style and character development. Alternating timelines in a book can annoy me, but it worked in this one and it had me engaged until the end.
jcoleman3307 | 69 andre anmeldelser | Nov 23, 2023 |
I’m still a bit teary eyed, having just spent the past hour reading a description of grief so compelling I was unable to keep my emotions under control.
Maggie O’Farell’s story about Shakespeare’s wife and family immerses the reader so firmly into the family drama I am quite bereft to have to put them aside and go back to my everyday life.

It also makes me want to go back and gut my work in progress and start over, try to create at least a shadow of the feeling she was able to reveal in me.

The creation of Shakespeare’s time and world is marvellous. I can smell the camomile, the sheep, the mud. I saw London as Agnes sees it, the smells, the noise, the casual acceptance of death and torment.

The relationships between the characters are strongly evocative- Agnes’s coolness to her husband after sensing his activities when away, her resentment of his being away while she coped with the family tragedies- these all read true. She forgives him again and again, and this rings true, too.

What really gutted me was the description of Agnes’ grief after the death of Hamlet. I have a child, a grown man now, who, while still alive, refuses to have anything to do with me. The grief associated with this has been as sharp as if he had died, adding the additional barbs of being rejected again and again, day by day. I’ve found it hard to express what that feels like- O’Farrell has done this for me, described the endless searching for him wherever I go, the wishing for one more contact. Anyone who has lost a child will be able to identify with her writing of this grief.

It may hurt to revisit it, but it’s a good hurt, to see one’s feelings laid out by someone who, seemingly, understands.
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Dabble58 | 210 andre anmeldelser | Nov 11, 2023 |



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