After the death of his wife, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from the States to the English countryside, where he hopes to rediscover the joys of life through his passion for collecting and restoring rare books.
But when he opens an eighteenth-century study on Shakespeare forgeries, he is shocked to find a Victorian portrait strikingly similar to his wife tumble out of its pages, and becomes obsessed with tracking down its origins.
As he follows the trail back to the nineteenth century and then to Shakespeare's time, Peter learns the truth about his own past and unearths a book that might prove that Shakespeare was indeed the author of all his plays.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 300 pages
- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/07/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846883026
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Review by Carpe_Librum
A novel featuring an antiquarian bookseller as the main character is bound to capture my attention. Add to that the mystery behind who actually wrote Shakespeare's plays and you have all the ingredients for a delicious read in The Bookman's Tale.The author Charlie Lovett is a former bookseller himself, and his love of books certainly shines through on every page.The plot (told in alternating time periods) is interesting and I enjoyed the sections with Peter working in the restorations section of the library the most.The Bookman's Tale is a cozy mystery that should whet the appetite of any bibliophile and whilst I did find it entertaining, I didn't fall head over heels reading it.
Review by Smits
A book about books. It doesn't get much better then that. Oh yes it does, because this book was so great to read as well. It has an awesome character in Peter Byerly, an socially awkward and shy fellow . It has a lovely romance is the Romeo and Juliet story of Peter and Amanda, and it it a thriller type, Indiana Jones style murder mystery in the quest for the holy grail of literature, a first addition Shakespeare, "the Pandosto". Loved this book.