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Part comedy, part love story, the threads of Shakespeare's life drawn from his plays. 

Could the world's greatest writer truly put down his pen forever to become a gentleman?


He was a boy who escaped small town life to be the most acclaimed playwright of the land. A lover whose sonnets still sing 400 years later; a glover's apprentice who became a gentleman.


But was he happy with his new riches? Who was the woman he truly loved?


The world knows the name of William Shakespeare. This book reveals the man - lover, son and poet.

Based on new documentary evidence, as well as textual examination of his plays, this fascinating book gives a tantalising glimpse at what might have been: the other hands that helped craft those plays, the secrets that must ever be hidden but - just possibly - may now be told.

The Diary of William Shakespeare, Gentlemen by Jackie French

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