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Maggie O'Farrell

UK flag (b.1972)

Maggie O'Farrell was born in Northern Ireland in 1972. Her debut novel, After You'd Gone, was published to international acclaim, and won a Betty Trask Award.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical, Children's Fiction

Non fiction
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel nominee (2001) : After You'd Gone
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2010) : The Hand That First Held Mine
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : Instructions for a Heatwave
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2016) : This Must Be the Place
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2020) : Hamnet
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel winner (2020) : Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell recommends
Summertime (2001)
Raffaella Barker
"I love [Raffaella Barker's] books - so funny and acerbic; a very good thing in a woman."
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (2003)
Elinor Lipman
"Hilarious. Imagine, if you can, a cross between Philip Roth and Melissa Bank."
Despite the Falling Snow (2004)
Shamim Sarif
"A really wonderful writer."
Invisible River (2011)
Helena McEwen
"This is a true talent."
You (2011)
Joanna Briscoe
"Dangerously addictive."
Heather, the Totality (2017)
Matthew Weiner
"Chilling and poised, I loved it."
Ghost Wall (2018)
Sarah Moss
"I love this book. Ghost Wall require you to put your life on hold while you finish it."
Lanny (2019)
Max Porter
"It's hard to express how much I loved Lanny. Books this good don't come along very often. It's a novel like no other, an exhilarating, disquieting, joyous read. It will reach into your chest and take hold of your heart. Every page is a joy. It's a novel to press into the hands of everyone you know and say, read this."
Lean Fall Stand (2021)
Jon McGregor
"Lean Fall Stand is a spectacular book. So moving and delicate and terrifying and haunting; such a skillful evocation of our fragility and strength. It does what Jon McGregor does so well: examine the widening ripples of a single event. I read it again, as soon as I'd finished."

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