One of the launch titles of a new imprint, this spirited historical tale ties in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Ned Lambert, “a female in the afternoons” — in other words, a boy actor — is slowly managing the transition into adult masculine roles. There’s a lot of competition, but Ned has one great asset: astonishing good looks that attract the attention of “the Poet” himself.
But Ned’s admirers also come from much further afield. The gorgeous fairy princess Faelinn has set her heart on the handsome player. Should Ned make the one-way trip to the land of everlasting youth? Or stay and marry pretty wardrobe mistress Charity? Luckily the Bard is at hand to advise. A charming and fantastical interpretation of the genesis of The Tempest.
Shakespeare’s Ghost, by Mary Hoffman, Greystones Press, RRP£8.99, 242 pages
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