Mary Lamb is confined by domesticity: her father is losing his mind, her mother watchful and hostile. The great solace of her life is her brother Charles, an aspiring writer. It is no surprise when Mary falls for the local bookseller's son, antiquarian William Ireland, from whom Charles has purchased a book. But this is no ordinary book-it once belonged to William Shakespeare himself, or so everyone believes.
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by Peter Ackroyd, Geoffrey Chaucer
by Peter Matthiessen
by Peter Carey
by Peter Geye
"Lovers of English literary history will delight in the cast of characters in this classy historical novella. Alcoholic essayist and poet Charles Lamb and his matricidal sister, Mary, co-wrote the classic TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE. Teenaged forger William Henry Ireland's phony Shakespearean tragedy was mounted as authentic at Drury Lane. Madness, scandal, murder, and Shakespeare--it's all fine fodder for fiction, at least in the adept hands of author Ackroyd, ably abetted by narrator Alex Jennings. With considerable discipline and grace, Jennings produces all the atmosphere of the age and place, and, like the author, emphasizes characterization and motivation. No false moment mars his performance, even when, infrequently, the author stumbles. Jennings makes Ireland and the Lambs pitiably flawed, even tragic, worthies. A delight from beginning to end. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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