Maggie O’Farrell is the author of the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling novel HAMNET, which was Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 and the Waterstones Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. HAMNET has been translated into 32 languages, spent 38 weeks in the UK top ten and has been optioned for film by Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin productions. She wrote the no. 1 bestselling memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, and the 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 and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE. She is also the author of a book for children, WHERE SNOW ANGELS GO. She lives in Edinburgh.