The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Judy Morgan
When you think of a hardback book about the secret life of William Shakespeare you first imagine that it’s going to be a historical book of factual proportions. However, in Judy Morgan’s The Secret Life of William Shakespeare what you’ll find is a novel of re-imagined proportions. Though it’s a work of fiction, it will inevitably have a lot of historical research to back it up, making it an interesting concept that could work really well.
It’s a book that will try to fill in the gaps between what we know about Shakespeare, what we think we know and what we will probably never be able to know for sure. Though it probably won’t tell you how regular he was or what he was like in the sack, it’ll probably give a good account of his movements (non-toilet related), relationships and accomplishments with a pinch of creative license thrown in.
Setting out to bring the history of William Shakespeare to life is a pretty big ambition for a novel. Taking the life of a man who went from glove-maker to one of the most prolific, celebrated and entertaining writers in the history of humanity and spinning it into a novel is surely a task of epic proportions, which is one of the reasons there is so much weight on the shoulders of Judy Morgan’s novel.
If she get sit right, it could be a masterpiece, after all there’s a lot to go on, but if it’s slightly off kilter it’ll get a lot of flack with such a well know subject protagonist.
Published by Headline Publishing Group, The Secret Life of William Shakespeare will be released on the 12th April 2012. The hardback release has a RRP of £19.99, with prices going down to £15.99 from the likes of Play.