By Charlie Lovett
A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s seek via time and the works of Shakespeare for his misplaced love.
Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t yes what drew him into this actual bookstore. 9 months previous, the dying of his liked spouse, Amanda, had left him shattered. The younger antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English nation-state, hoping to rediscover the enjoyment he as soon as took in amassing and restoring infrequent books. yet upon commencing an eighteenth-century research of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is surprised while a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. in fact, it isn’t quite her. The watercolor is obviously Victorian. but the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter turns into passionate about studying the picture’s origins.
As he follows the path again first to the Victorian period after which to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the reality approximately his personal prior, and discovers a booklet that may definitively end up Shakespeare used to be, certainly, the writer of all his plays.
Guaranteed to catch the hearts of every body who really loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s gleaming novel and a pleasant exploration of 1 of literature’s such a lot tantalizing mysteries, with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt’s Possession.
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