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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins; 01 edition (24 Mar. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000719790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007197903
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘A delight…A gem of a book.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Witty and infectiously enthusiastic.’ Spectator

'A brilliantly funny and gently insightful travel guide to 16th century England. Bryson is great at picking out of the morass of Elizabethan fact the small details that illuminate and amuse…he also uncovers from the world that surrounded the theatre some fascinating examples of Elizabethan eccentricity…As an abbreviated tour around the world of Shakespeare, this could hardly be bettered.' Sunday Times

‘Bryson uses an inimitably light touch and squeezes a vast subject down to manageable proportions…he is a warm and funny guide through the whole complicated morass of Shakespearean scholarship.’ Financial Times

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Examining centuries of myths, half-truths and downright lies, Bill Bryson makes sense of the man behind the masterpieces. As he leads us through the crowded streets of Elizabethan England, he brings to life the places and characters that inspired Shakespeare's work. Along the way he delights in the inventiveness of Shakespeare's language, which has given us so many of the indispensable words and phrases we use today, and celebrates the Bard's legacy to our literature, culture and history.

Drawing together information from a vast array of sources, this is a masterful account of the life and works of William Shakespeare, one of the most famous and most enigmatic people ever to have lived - not to mention a classic piece of Bill Bryson.

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Really good book, cutting through the myths and speculations and just sticking to what we absolutely definitely know about Shakespeare. Funny and entertaining and well worth a read.
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This book is clearly well researched and intelligently illustrates the development of the theatre, Shakespeare's contemporaries and political/social circumstances in which the plays were devised. A wonderful and significant period of history is brought to life in such a stimulating way which I feel will enhance the understanding of the plays when seen.
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Would totally recommend, very readable, even if you have never read a play of Shakespeare's, this fascinating book will keep you turning the pages...
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Full of interest , great reaf
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Very informative and entertaining.
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Very interesting, informative and readable. Provides an excellent insight into everyday life in the period.
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Basically this book tells you not much was known about Shakespeare so is more about the times in which he lived. If that's what you want, then it's an easy read, as it's not too long.
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VERY INFORMATIVE READING FEEL I HAVE LEARNT A LOT ABOUT SHAKESPEARE . GREAT INFORMATIVE READING. A BILL BRYSON BOOK ALWAYS VERY GOOD.
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