The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

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Penguin, 2014 - Fiction - 352 pages
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A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller's search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love

Charlie Lovett's new book, The Lost Book of the Grail, will be available from Viking on February 28, 2017

Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman's Tale is a former bookseller's sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature's most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda.
Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture's origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries--all the way to Shakespeare's time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard's real identity.

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The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

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Peter is so unmoored by his wife's death that he relies on written instructions from his therapist reminding him to eat and sleep regularly. Restarting his life as a rare book dealer is important, too ... Read full review

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Devastated by the death of his wife, Amanda, young antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly leaves North Carolina for England. There, in a book on Shakespeare forgeries, he finds a small Victorian ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Charlie Lovett is a writer, teacher, and playwright whose plays for children have been seen in more than three thousand productions worldwide. He served for more than a decade as writer in residence at Summit School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a former antiquarian bookseller, and he has collected rare books and other materials related to Lewis Carroll for more than twenty-five years. He and his wife, Janice, split their time between Winston-Salem and Kingham, Oxfordshire.

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