Maggie O’Farrell: ‘The best book you’ll write is the one shouting the loudest, tugging your sleeve’

The Irish-born author, who has followed up her acclaimed 2020 novel Hamnet with another absorbing foray into historical fiction set in the 1500s, insists that outside opinion never influences what she writes

Maggie O’Farrell: In her latest novel The Marriage Plot, the author has remained in the 1500s but moved to Florence in Italy. Picture: Getty