Posted on March 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet hasn’t even reached readers yet, but it’s already found a place on prize longlists and, possibly, in studios.

The Bookseller reports that TV and film rights for the book, coming out March 31 in the United Kingdom and July 21 in the United States, have been optioned by Hera Pictures.

Hamnet explores the death of the title character – William Shakespeare’s son — and how the Bard and his wife must navigate their grief.

It has been nominated for the United Kingdom’s top prize for female writers, the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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