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! Books roundup

“Remember first to possess his books...” Feast your senses on just a small selection from the multitude of weighty tomes that have loudly thumped onto the Shakespeare Magazine desk since our last issue!

Viv Croot Biographic Shakespeare (Ammonite Press, £9.99)

Two things we’ve learned are that Shakespeare fans love infographics, and that Shakespeare infographics tend to contain bad information. Luckily, Biographic Shakespeare – an entire book of Shakespeare Infographics – is as thoughtfully written as it is handsomely designed.

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Miranda Kaufmann Black Tudors: The Untold Story (Oneworld Publications, £18.99)

While researching her doctorate, Miranda Kaufmann discovered details of over 360 Africans resident in Britain between 1500 and 1640. Her book Black Tudors focuses on ten of them, detailing how these remarkable but forgotten forebears lived, worked and married as free individuals during the age of Shakespeare.

Bernard Cornwell Fools and Mortals (HarperCollins, £20)

Best-selling historical fiction author Bernard Cornwell goes from Sharpe to Shakespeare with his new novel Fools and Mortals, which is set in the Elizabethan era. The hero of the tale is a struggling actor named Richard Shakespeare. No prizes for guessing whose brother he is...

Shakespeare Magazine 13  

Ian McKellen is the cover star of Shakespeare Magazine Issue 13. The great man talks about the challenges of playing King Lear, while Fiona...

Shakespeare Magazine 13  

Ian McKellen is the cover star of Shakespeare Magazine Issue 13. The great man talks about the challenges of playing King Lear, while Fiona...