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Fascinating - what are they afraid of?,
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This review is from: The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare (Hardcover)
I saw a big piece about this book in The Sunday Times and thought it sounded fascinating, largely because 'established scholars' were obviously rubbishing it. So I bought the book and was amazed to discover that there does indeed seem to be a genuine mystery about William shakespeare and the lack of any hard evidence relating to his life and work. I'm no scholar myself and have no preconceived ideas. The authors of this book do set out a very convincing case as to why we should doubt the identity of the chap from Stratford, which was news to me and so very intriguing. They suggest that senior diplomat and courtier Sir Henry Neville has the strongest claim to date to be the true author. All I can conclude is that based on the evidence presented in the book, I tend to agree with them. I suspect it's time to sell property in Stratford and buy in Bilingsbear. According to the newspaper report the author Peter Ackroyd didn't even want to read this book because he is so certain that there is no issue, but of course he'd just written a book about Shakespeare himself, so was perhaps defending his own corner. I've given it 5 out of 5 because it's a really good story, and very well written.