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Noth­ing Like the Sun An­thony Burgess (1964) BBurgess’s well-known vver­bal vir­tu­os­ity is mmuch in ev­i­dence in tthis vivid re-cre­ation oof Shake­speare’s life and loves, first ppub­lished more thant 50 years ago to co­in­cide with the quater­cente­nary of the play­wright’s birth. Tak­ing its ti­tle from a line in one of the bard’s son­nets, this is a rich, idio­syn­cratic por­trait of a ge­nius as he jour­neys from pro­vin­cial ob­scu­rity in Strat­ford to artis­tic suc­cess and sex­ual be­trayal in El­iz­a­bethan Lon­don. The Se­cret Life of Wil­liam Shake­speare Jude Mor­gan (2012) SSo lit­tle is known for ccer­tain about the life oof Eng­land’s greateest writer that there is plenty of empty ss­pace for the in­ven­tive aau­thor to fill. Jude Mor­ganM is a ver­sa­tile his­tor­i­cal nov­el­ist who has turned his at­ten­tion in the past to the Bron­tës and By­ron. His ver­sion of Shake­speare’s story brings the man be­hind the plays to life, con­vinc­ingly recre­at­ing both the Strat­ford of his youth and the Lon­don the­atre world of his great­est tri­umphs. The Spy of Venice Benet Bran­dreth (2016) In the first of Brand­dreth’s on­go­ing sseries of ad­ven­tures ffea­tur­ing the young SShake­speare, the aaspir­ing ac­tor and ppoet joins a band ofo itin­er­ant play­ers. When their trav­els take them to Venice, Shake­speare finds him­self an in­no­cent abroad but he is soon drawn ever fur­ther into a tan­gled web of mur­der, in­trigue and es­pi­onage. Bran­dreth’s Shake­spearean ex­per­tise and sto­ry­telling skills are both put to good use in this play­ful, en­ter­tain­ing novel.

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