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Hamnet wins book critic’s award for fiction

Date: 27 March 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Maggie O'Farrell's “Hamnet,” an imagined take on the death of Shakespeare's son from the bubonic plague, has won the National Book Critics Circle prize for fiction.
  • Hamnet was Shakespeare's only son, and scholars have long speculated about his influence on “Hamlet,” which Shakespeare worked on in the years following Hamnet's death.
  • Tom Zoellner’s “Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire” won for nonfiction, and Amy Stanley's “Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World” was the winner in biography.