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Maggie O'Farrell (1) (1972–)

Author of Hamnet

For other authors named Maggie O'Farrell, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

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 show more That First Held Mine. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Maggie O'Farrell

Associated Works

The Yellow Wallpaper - story (1892) — Introduction, some editions — 3,228 copies
Our Spoons Came from Woolworths (1950) — Introduction, some editions — 724 copies
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contributor — 280 copies
The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings (2009) — Introduction — 134 copies
Granta 145: Ghosts (2018) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Sunday Night Book Club (2006) — Contributor — 43 copies
Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods (2011) — Contributor — 22 copies
New Writing 13 (2005) — Contributor — 17 copies
A Day in the Life (2003) — Contributor — 15 copies
The Best Contemporary Women's Fiction: Six Novels (2010) — Contributor — 14 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
O'Farrell, Maggie
Birthdate
1972-05-27
Gender
female
Nationality
UK (Northern Ireland)
Country (for map)
Northern Ireland, UK
Birthplace
Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK
Places of residence
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Wales, UK
Hong Kong
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Education
New Hall, University of Cambridge (BA|1993)
Occupations
Author
novelist
creative writing teacher
Relationships
Sutcliffe, William (husband)
Awards and honors
Waterstones 25 Authors for the Future (2007)
Women´s Price for Fiction (2020)
Short biography
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

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May 2024: Maggie O'Farrell in Monthly Author Reads (Today 3:52pm)
Group Read: Hamnet in Club Read 2023 (February 2023)

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My Lover’s Lover was my first Maggie O’Farrell and was a DNF for me. I bailed on page 22, two chapters in. This might have been a bit hasty but life’s too short, I’m not getting any younger and my to-be-read stack is sky high. I usually get a gut feeling from the first sentence, paragraph, chapter as to whether a book is going to grab me or not. With this one, I just found the characters, narrative and plot building really irritating. There is an underlying tension surrounding the disappearance of Sinead but not enough to keep me reading.… (more)
 
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Abcdarian | 85 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Beautiful writing that really brings the setting (place and time) to life. I loved that aspect of it.

I'm a genre reader. This book doesn't do it for me in terms of plot or character. And the ending hit me wrong, and now I'm angry at the whole book.
 
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caaleros | 85 other reviews | May 17, 2024 |
From the 4 plus star rating all I can figure is that there are two different versions of this book. One is the 'luminous portrait of a marriage' promised by the blurb on the inside covers and the other is the overwrought novel of idle speculation I was unlucky enough to borrow from the library.
 
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