The Final Act Of Mr Shakespeare

The Final Act Of Mr Shakespeare

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In the spring of 1613 Mr William Shakespeare, a gentleman farmer in Warwickshire, returns to London. It is a ceremonial visit; he has no further theatrical ambitions. But the city is still reeling from the terrorist panic of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, and fate soon forces him to take up his pen again. It was never possible to write about Henry VII while his granddaughter Elizabeth was Queen, but now he must. It is a perilous enterprise: King James I's spies are everywhere.There is no evidence that Shakespeare wrote Henry VII, but in a compelling piece of historical recreation, Robert Winder asks: what if he did? And after 400 years, he gives us a unique world premiere - a brand-new, full-length Shakespeare play, incorporated brilliantly into this extraordinary novel.THE FINAL ACT OF MR SHAKESPEARE is an exhilarating portrait of England's greatest author - not in love but raging against the dying of the light. It is an outrageous tour de force of theatrical imagination, full of the spirit of the more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • United Kingdom
  • Digital original
  • 0748123954
  • 9780748123957

About Robert Winder

Robert Winder was literary editor of the INDEPENDENT for five years and deputy editor of Granta magazine. He has written two novels and the bestselling Abacus non-fiction title BLOODY more

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** 'Hugely entertaining . . . Winder may have just redefined literary chutzpah * SUNDAY TIMES * A carefully crafted novel . . . Winder steers an artful middle course between Charles Nicholl's tales of Marlowe in the underworld on one hand and AS Byatt's POSSESSIN on the other. Winder rarely puts a foot wrong in this tightly controlled narrative * Rene Weis, INDEPENDENT * ** 'It's an audacious author who dares to emulate Shakespeare. But Robert Winder pulls it off with aplomb . . . (A) sophisticated romp . . . the book's languid humour and shrewd allusions to the Collected Works make this a hugely enjoyable read * Stephen Morris, FINANACIAL TIMES * ** 'Robert Winder is a good writer, and THE FINAL ACT OF MR SHAKESPEARE is an intelligent, entertaining and skilfully constructed book . . . a well-spun historical yarn * Charles Nicholl, GUARDIAN *show more