Bexley's Book of the Year 2021

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Bexley Libraries Book of the Year 2021 is Hamnet by Maggie O' Farrell

Hamnet book jacket

"On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London." Neither parent knows the tragedy that will unfold.


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Year: 2019.
Language: English
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Resource type: Physical
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Author: McEwan, Ian.
Year: 2020.
Language: English
Format Paperback
Publisher: Vintage,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2019. English
305 pages ; 20 cm.
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Paperback:The silence of the girls:2019. Paperback
Author: Barker, Pat, 1943-
Year: 2019.
Language: English
Format Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
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325 pages ; 20 cm
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Author: Haig, Matt, 1975-
Year: 2021.
Language: English
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Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2020. English
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Year: 2019.
Language: English
Format Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2018. English
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Author: Moyes, Jojo, 1969-
Year: 2020.
Language: English
Format Paperback
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Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2019. English
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Author: Owens, Delia.
Year: 2019.
Language: English
Format Paperback
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Resource type: Physical
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Hardback:The lost spells:2020. Hardback
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Year: 2020.
Language: English
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Content type: Poetry
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Resource type: Physical
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Year: 2020.
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Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:Hamnet:2021. Paperback
Author: O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972-
Year: 2021.
Language: English
Format Paperback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Tinder Press,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2020. Includes bibliographical references. English
372 pages ; 20 cm
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Author: Cummins, Jeanine.
Year: 2021.
Language: English
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Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Flatiron Books, 2020. English
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Year: 2018.
Language: English
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Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers,
Resource type: Physical
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