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, is now available.

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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User Review  - Kiwimrsmac - LibraryThing

In a way, this novel is historical fiction, seamlessly merged with time slip, with a smidgeon of crime. I loved turning every page. The references to Shakespeare and the mystery surrounding his work ... Read full review

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User Review  - scot2 - LibraryThing

This is a very well written book. I gave only three stars because I thought there was too much detail about the relationship between Amanda and Peter. I found myself skimming a lot of those parts. I ... 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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