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Did Shakespeare write his books?

Charlie Lovett's The Bookman's Tale is a book for all literature lovers. Written by an antiquarian bookseller, it is tailor-made for lovers of solid British crime novels, writes Jyotsna Raman.

brunch Updated: Jul 06, 2014 17:11 IST
Jyotsna Raman

The Book: The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

The Gist: An antiquarian bookseller finds a watercolour of a woman, who looks strikingly like his late wife, in a book. He launches into an obsessive search to find the artist and the woman, throwing his life into mayhem with murder and mystery.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/7/ht-brunch-6-july-11.jpgOne-line review: A book for lovers of literature, this book written by an antiquarian bookseller presents an interesting take on the age old argument – did Shakespeare write his books or not?

Tailormade for: Lovers of solid British crime novels. Think Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and James Ellroy.

Caution: The prose is blunt. Lovett reinforces the same point over and over again.

Best line: ‘I think it’s because I’ve been trying to say good-bye for so long,’ he said, picking his words carefully, ‘that I need this not to be her. I need to find out who it is so it won’t be her anymore. And then maybe she really will be gone’.

From HT Brunch, July 6

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