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‘Hamnet’ wins 2020 Women’s Prize

‘Hamnet’ wins 2020 Women’s Prize

UK author Maggie O’Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Hamnet.

The novel, an imagining William Shakespeare’s marriage and the death of his son, Hamnet, is said to be mesmerising, seductive and impossible to put down.

‘The euphoria of being in the same room for the final judging meeting was quickly eclipsed by the excitement we all felt about this exceptional winner,’ said Martha Lane Fox, the chair of judges.

Hamnet, while set long ago, like all truly great novels expresses something profound about the human experience that seems both extraordinarily current and at the same time, enduring.’

Hamnet was chosen as the winner from a very competitive shortlist, which featured last year’s Booker Prize winner, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, and the popular completion to the Wolf Hall trilogy – The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel.

The 30,000-pound (A $53,600) prize is presented each year to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman.

To celebrate the prize’s 25th anniversary, readers are participating in a public vote on the ‘winner of winners’ to be revealed in November.