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Found it hard to get into but it was interesting!
on 11 February 2014
I love Shakespeare and have studied him at University and that is the reason I brought this book. Neil MacGregor is a really well-known and competent author and historian but for some reason I just couldn't get into this book.
It wasn't bad, don't get me wrong! The writing is fantastic and informative, the pictures clear and the chosen objects interesting in the context of Shakespeare's life. I know from other reviews that this is a hugely successful and well loved book and i'm not trying to offend anyone with this review, just personally I found it really hard to engage with and it took me ages to complete the book. I tended to just read a bit at time I would just occasionally dip into a chapter when I had time or a particular interest. Thankfully due to how the book was set out this was totally possible.
I do think though anyone who loves history and has a particular interest in the late fifteenth/ early sixteenth would love this book.