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The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard&hellip by Richard Paul Roe
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The author's enthusiasm for Shakespeare is admirable but the appalling lack of scholarly rigour used to produce this book is jaw-dropping at virtually every turn of the page.

Roe sets out his stall in the prologue when he says he is merely interested in facts and not what would/could/should have happened and also isn't interested in theories of an alternative author. Yet he then writes a book that disregards the facts, mangles others and would have been half the size it is if he didn't indulge in so much fanciful theorising. He makes ridiculous remarks that Shakespeare was never known to have left his house in all of his 52 years except to do business as a grain merchant - a… Read more
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notoriou&hellip by Tommy Lee
Never been a fan of MC nor could I recognise any of their songs but read this to extend my consumption of rock literature and the extensive recommendations here on Amazon. How they have all survived what they indulged in is truly astonishing: every sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll story imaginable? They did it. The chapter on Vince's daughter's death though will break your heart. Heart-wrenching stuff.
The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but padded, 21 Aug 2011
The book benefits from an analysis of a civil court case that involved Shakespeare as a witness and the associated characters to trace the author's lodgings and the people he knew. It's an intriguing insight into Elizabethan times, where Shakespeare lived, who he associated with. You feel as if you are walking through the very London streets of Shakespeare's times.

Its shortcomings are its tedious descriptions of "tire making", the occupation of his landlord and landlady, and its needless obsession with the prostitution of the time. The "tire making", in particular, is tiresome and of no real relevance to Shakespeare. It's like writing a book on Churchill and finding he lodged… Read more