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Assassinating Shakespeare: The True Confessions of a Bard in the Bush Paperback – 12 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (12 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863567185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863567186
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 20.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,187,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'[Goltz] is an engaging and charming guide to the perils of the solitary performer and an eagle-eyed observer ...' -- Publishing News

'funny, bizarre and sometimes frightening.' -- Morning Star

'very funny, and gives fascinating insights into war-torn Ethiopia
and the seedier sides of low-budget travel and segregationist Africa.' -- New Statesman

If other reporters were working the edge, [Goltz] was over the edge. -- Columbia Journalism Review

‘A rollicking, on-the-road adventure story that is by turns laugh-out-loud hilarious and deeply affecting.’ -- Scott Anderson, author of Triage

‘A true delight ... Goltz deftly recaptures the follies of his youth alongside the charm and ambiguities of a vanished Africa.’ -- Valerie Hemingway

‘A true delight. Not to be missed.’ -- Valerie Hemingway

‘The funniest history book I've ever read.’ -- Margot Kidder

‘The very definition of literate adventure. I laughed at length.’ -- Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard

‘The very definition of literate adventure. Who could ask for more?’ -- Tim Cahill, author of Lost in My Own Backyard and Hold the Enlightenment


In 1976, Thomas Goltz, then a naive twenty-one-year-old on the trail of his errant brother, worked his way around Africa putting on one-man Shakespeare performances. This impulsive trip saw him wandering through the cities and villages of East, Central and Southern Africa. His first port of call, after hitchhiking through Eastern Europe and the Middle East, was war-torn Ethiopia. Close encounters followed, with bandits, missionaries, guerrillas, prostitutes, savvy street kids, unrequited loves and, of course, ordinary, Shakespeare-loving Africans.

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