'A fresh and convincing perspective on this most perplexing of cold cases...Such a completely engrossing mixture of intelligent analysis and intuited possibility makes The Lodger not only the best kind of detective story, but one of the most rewarding books of the year.' -- Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph
'Nicholl has brought to life an aspect of Shakespeare's career that has been less exhaustively studied than most, and for that reason alone his book is worthy of praise. The detail is delicious. It is almost prodigal. The Lodger is a triumph of reconstruction. -- Peter Ackroyd, The Times
'Nicholl's latest work is a triumph and ranks among the finest books ever written about Shakespeare's life.' -- James Shapiro, Guardian
'The Lodger easily outboxed and outfoxed all other contenders in an exceptionally busy year for books about Shakespeare.' -- Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph, Book of the Year
'The Lodger is rich with unexpected historical delights. This fascinating book takes tiny details of the lived lives and makes the whole scene swirl before us.' -- Daniel Swift, Financial Times
About the Author
Charles Nicholl is a historian, biographer and travel writer. His books include The Reckoning
(winner of the James Tait Black prize for biography and the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger award for non-fiction), A Cup of News: the life of Thomas Nashe, Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Natural Portrait Gallery insights series)
and Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa
(winner of the Hawthornden Prize).
His most recent book was the acclaimed biography, Leonardo da Vinci: The Flights of the Mind
, which has been published in 17 languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has lectured in Britain, Italy and the United States.