Mr. Shakespeare's Bastard

Mr. Shakespeare's Bastard

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In a quiet manor house in Oxfordshire, an ailing housekeeper by the name of Aerlene Ward feels the time has come to confess the great secret that has shaped her life-she is the illegitimate daughter of William Shakespeare, England's most famous playwright.

With a brilliant eye and ear for this rich period of history, Richard B. Wright brings to life the teeming streets of Elizabethan London and the seasonal rhythms of rural life in Oliver Cromwell's England as he interweaves the intriguing stories of the lovely Elizabeth, who allows herself to be seduced by a struggling young writer from Stratford, and her plain but clever daughter, who must live with the consequences.

As their lives unfold, secrets are revealed, love is found and lost, and futures are forever changed. Readers will be fascinated by glimpses of the young Will as an actor with the Queen's Men and, fifteen years later, as a world-weary but increasingly wealthy playwright -- who may have had an unexpected daughter.

An engaging blend of invention and historical detail, and echoing the unmistakable style of the Bard himself, MR. SHAKESPEARE'S BASTARD confirms Wright as one of our finest storytellers. This unforgettable novel will delight the senses and touch the heart.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, c2010
ISBN: 9781554688357
Branch Call Number: WRI
Characteristics: 342 p. ;,23 cm


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Oct 07, 2015

Really enjoyed this book and the style of writing. Glad the weather was poor and I could sit and read it through guilt free. Always of interest for me when I learn a little of "history" thru fiction and a feel for the times. 4 stars.

Sep 28, 2012

What would happen if William Shakespeare had illegitimite child? What would it have been like in his time? The writing of Richard Wright is lovely and slowly tells of tales of Mam and Aerlene through a great story-telling presentation and how William Shakespeare is involved (or not). I felt transported into time to England in the country, as well as, the bustling London and its different districts. Enjoyable.

Dec 16, 2011

splendid piece of work..i really enjoyed reading this book and couldn't put it down.

Sep 02, 2011

An interesting outlook of life during Shakespeare's time. Though some places the pace was a bit slow, it is well written with excellent details.

Aug 01, 2011

Excellent and interesting read. Kept my attention, and I couldn't put it down!

DanniOcean Jul 05, 2011

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette's Shelf Life column

Jan 01, 2011

Rec by S Culham. Good. Stiry of mom & daughter- both pretty cool

Nov 29, 2010

Lots of historical details and many levels of storytelling made this a pretty terrific read!

I've been meaning to read Richard B. Wright's Clara Callan and October for quite a while now, but the indelicate title and interesting cover design made me pick this up first.

If you like historical fiction, you'll love this book.

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