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Hamlet, A Novel

Hamlet is bored and restless. His friend Horatio can’t work him out-but who can? His father has just died, and his mother has already remarried. He seems damaged by the sudden changes in his life. Or maybe he was always a little damaged. Or maybe he wasn’t.Then, on a still night, the ghost of Hamlet’s father comes walking, his long silver hair blowing wildly …This wonderful book, by one of Australia’s most loved and most read writers, takes Shakespeare’s famous play and makes it into a moving and full-blooded novel. John Marsden follows the contours of the original but powerfully re-imagines its characters and story lines, rather as Shakespeare treated his sources. We are aware not only of the strength of Marsden’s own writing but the sensitivity of his insight into Shakespeare. Hamlet, A Novel will be adored by adults whether young or old.

John Marsden
About the Author

John Marsden’s books have sold more than four million copies around the world. He is the author of thirty novels including the highly acclaimed Tomorrow series and the Ellie Chronicles. Marsden was a teacher for many years before becoming a full-time writer, and his interest in education has never waned. In 1998 he bought the Tye Estate, 850...

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224 pp
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28 September 2009
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Shakespeare, first love, dysfunctional families
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  • Hamlet, A Novel
    ISBN: 9781921351471
    1 September 2008