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From "one of our best living novelists"(Peter Ackroyd) comes the most original, exciting, and provocative novel about Shakespeare since Anthony Burgess's classic Nothing Like the Sun.

Our guide to the life of the Bard is an actor called Pickleherring, who asserts that as a boy he was an original member of Shakespeare's acting troupe. In an attic above a brothel in Restoration London - a half century after Shakespeare has departed the stage - Pickleherring, now an old man, sits down to write the full story of his former friend, mentor, and master. Fond, faithful Pickleherring has forgotten nothing over the years, and using sources both firsthand and far-fetched he means to set the record straight.

Was Shakespeare ever actually "in love"? Did he write his own plays? Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets? Brilliantly in tune with today's Shakespeare renaissance, Robert Nye gives us an outrageous, language-loving, and edifying romp through the life and times of the greatest writer who ever lived.

©1998, 2012 Robert Nye (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jessica
  • minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 03-05-15

why drag Shakespeare into this mess?

I thought I was buying a work of historical fiction that would humanize Shakespeare and have him as the main character in the story. What I got was an old guy's internal monolog concerning the problems of having a penis and daydreaming about improbable lesbian sex. I wonder why that wasn't what I expected?

Some of the stories might have been cute/ funny if they were told in the manner of a friend relaying an embarrassing moment, but the "story" doesn't go like that.

Actor was very good, will look for other works narrated by Mr Malcolm

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loved it

I came to this just after Will In The World an excellent biography and well known and then this novel is a perfect "continuation" if you will. It is hilarious at times and bawdy and plays with the WS mythology and history and is obviously as well researched and knowledgable concerning WS as a straight bio. If you can and you're a big WS fan/buff I'd say do the 2 together as I did.