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July’s Selection: ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell
WINNER OF THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020
‘Richly sensuous… something special’ The Sunday Times
‘A thing of shimmering wonder’ David Mitchell
We’ve travelled the globe with the past 5 books but this month we go back in time with ‘Hamnet’, a tale inspired by Shakespeare’s son, in the last week of his life.
“Two extraordinary people. A love that draws them together. A loss that threatens to tear them apart”
On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London.
Neither parent knows that Hamnet will not survive the week.
Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright: a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written…
We will discuss this book at a get-together in The Main Bar at the Club, 8pm, Thursday 5 August. If you’d like to join in simply sign up here: https://bit.ly/BYC-BookClub and you will be added to the club’s Whatsapp group where you can join the chat. The link for the June meeting will be shared into the WhatsApp group.
- June – The Lost Man, Jane Harper
- May – The Last Migration, Charlotte McConaghy
- April – A Letter to a Lucky Man, Thomas Jobling
- March – Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
- February – The Salt Path, Raynor Winn
How the book club works
- The monthly catch up meeting is the first Thursday of every month at 8pm, meeting at the Club in the Main Bar.
- At the meeting we discuss the previous month’s book. The discussion is guided by a cheerful ’emcee’ and that chat is lively and varied discussing the book’s plot, setting, writing style, issues raised (eg, homelessness in The Salt Path) – and the author. Nobody is put on the spot for their opinion and it is absolutely fine to just listen.
- When we remember, we give the book a score.
- To finish off the meeting we do a draw for the new month’s book, blind picking from the suggestions put forward by members of the book club.
- Members purchase the books at their own expense and of course, if they don’t like the look of a book they are quite welcome to drop out for that month, but most people are in the club to try different genres.
If you’d like to join in simply sign up here: https://bit.ly/BYC-BookClub and you will be added to the club’s Whatsapp group where you can join the chat, and will then get the link for the Zoom meeting.