Today I finished a book that I had been enjoying since just before Christmas – on Kindle so read paper books over the holidays.
This was a beautiful book to read, accurate to the period (to the best of my knowledge) and lyrically written. The detail about the household and lives of women were fantastic and the imaginings of Shakespeare’s life were true to what we know. The story concerns the loss of a child, the titular Hamnet, who we know lived but we do not know how he died – only that he did. In this tale he is taken by plague but in the excellent film ‘All is True’ he drowns while playing.
I highly recommend this book, a beautiful read for Shakespeare fanatics, feminist readers and costume lovers alike.