Maggie O'Farrell

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The Guardian view on literary adaptations: an old wheeze that works | Editorial
Editorial: Eyes might roll at yet another Dickens miniseries, but plays based on two more recent novels, Hamnet and A Little Life, have hit the jackpot


24, Mar, 2023 @6:11 PM

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RSC to stage play about plague death of William Shakespeare’s son Hamnet
Adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s novel will premiere at Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in April

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

08, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Barbara Kingsolver: ‘Middlemarch is about everything, for every person, at every age’
The novelist on taking lessons from Doris Lessing, being inspired by John Steinbeck and why she can no longer read JD Salinger

Barbara Kingsolver

21, Oct, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Hilary Mantel remembered: ‘She was the queen of literature’
The beloved writer of the Wolf Hall trilogy and Beyond Black has died. Here, leading contemporaries pay tribute

Margaret Atwood, Anne Enright, Kamila Shamsie, Maggie O’Farrell, Ian McEwan, Sarah Waters and Sarah Perry

23, Sep, 2022 @2:27 PM

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On my radar: Maggie O’Farrell’s cultural highlights
The novelist on a mesmerising mime show, the brilliance of Barbara Hepworth and the best falafel in Edinburgh

Killian Fox

17, Sep, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell review – the doomed duchess
The Hamnet author has found her sweet spot in stories of 16th-century women – but this promising narrative isn’t as gripping as it should be

Johanna Thomas-Corr

28, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell review – a dark Renaissance fable
Inspired by Robert Browning’s poem My Last Duchess, this follow-up to Hamnet mingles fact, portraiture and poetic fantasy for the simple tale of a girl forced into marriage

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

26, Aug, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Seven big-hitter books for autumn 2022, from Maggie O’Farrell to Cormac McCarthy
It’s going to be a vintage autumn for fiction, with new novels from some of our finest writers. Here’s our essential guide

Alex Preston

21, Aug, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Top 10 books about twins | Rebecca Wait
Writers from William Shakespeare to Angela Carter and George RR Martin have been been inspired by the doubled lives of these familial pairs

Rebecca Wait

13, Jul, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Shakespeare’s tragic twins memorialised in the Bard’s resting place
Maggie O’Farrell will place rosemary at Stratford grave to honour the lost boy who inspired her novel Hamnet

Vanessa Thorpe

01, May, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Top 10 books about family life | Stephen Walsh
From parents who meddle in their children’s relationships to ex-wives who loom over second marriages, families in fiction can be just as complicated as they are in real life

Stephen Walsh

18, Aug, 2021 @11:24 AM

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Summer reads to get lost in, chosen by Hilary Mantel, Maggie O’Farrell, Raven Leilani and more
From David Diop and Craig Brown to Carmen Maria Machado and Douglas Stuart, prize-winning authors present their top tips for immersive books

04, Jul, 2021 @9:00 AM

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