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Very pleased with this impulse purchase - remaindered for a fiver in (I think) the University Bookshop in Belfast. I was pretty familiar with most of the material, but Bryson puts it together well and crisply to give a good brief account of what is known about Shakespeare's life; the illustrations actually illustrate and are well chosen. The funniest chapter is the last, on the anti-Stratfordians who desperately need to believe that someone else (in former days Francis Bacon, these days more often the Earl of Oxford) wrote the plays. Worth looking out for. Also includes a CD of the sonnets read by John Gielgud, which I haven't yet listened to.


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Nov. 29th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Illustrated edition? That might be nice, we've got the paperback (again, impulse buy, probably from the local remaindered shop) and it is a very good read.

Will keep a look out for the illustrated one, if only just to look through in store.
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