The bestseller experiment - Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux - Authors - Podcast - Back to reality

Maggie O’Farrell is the author of the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, and eight novels: AFTER YOU’D GONE, MY LOVER’S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award,  THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award, and HAMNET.


Maggie O’Farrell discusses how she originally went on an Arvon writing course to improve her writing, how she had always been intrigued with Shakespeare’s play Hamlet and how she wanted to explore the life of his son and play’s namesake, Hamnet. She also talks about how she coped with writing the very distressing scenes inside the book, how she embarked upon her research and whether she and her husband read each others work. There may also be a tale about a post it plot mishap.