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Clare Hall Book Club

Date: Monday 3 July 2023, 8pm
Location: Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge CB3 9AL
Join the College’s Book Club as they discuss The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell (2022).

Maggie O’Farrell’s latest novel The Marriage Portrait, is a fictional take on Lucrezia de´Medici partially based on Robert Browning’s poem My Last Duchess, which could be read alongside. This is a new novel from the author of Hamnet, which was the Sunday Times No.1 bestseller (2021) and winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020.

“The Marriage Portrait is a dazzling evocation of the Italian Renaissance in all its beauty and brutality”. (The Guardian).

All College members are welcome to attend in-person, meeting in Clare Hall’s Meeting Room, or via Zoom. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, please send an email to, confirming your Clare Hall connection and putting the following as the email title: I would like to join the Book Club mailing list.

Learn more about the Book Club on this page.