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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462068707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462068708
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,008,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Austin's investigative film documentaries have won many major national awards, including two Emmys and three Peabodies. His documentaries include Frontline's "The Shakespeare Mystery" He discovered something rotten during that investigation which led to this book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Graf on June 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
How do I classify The Cottage? Is it historical fiction? No. It is about history though and is fiction, maybe. Is it a romance? No, but there is some in it. Is it a mystery? So far, that's the closest. This book is so unique, it is hard to classify. Basically, I found pleasure in a fiction book by Alan K. Austin, The Cottage.

The Cottage is the story of a journalist who finds his typically chaotic life turned upside down when his fiancé disappears. He is questioned and his past resurrects to haunt him. Thinking it could not get worse, he then finds himself months later forced to work on a documentary with a man he despises. The subject? Who was really Shakespeare? What starts off as a boring assignment for Jack Duncan becomes a mystery waiting to be solved. Too bad his past won't leave him alone. Someone is trying to frame him. Or are they? The truth of Shakespeare concealed? Jack is determined to find out.

I got through the first chapter and was a little apprehensive about how good this book was going to be. I was confused. By the end of chapter two I was really getting into the story. The pace picked up. It's not the kind of story with intense action on every page. It's more of an intellectual action with some physical thrown in.

The entire plot centers around the idea that William Shakespeare might not have been the one to pen the famous plays and sonnets. This is not a new idea. As I read the book, Mr. Austin describes the various camps that argue for the Earl of Oxford, Marlowe, and others as the real Shakespeare. Before picking up this book, I had no interest in digging further into this debate. Now...

Mr. Austin writes using the English language better than most writers I have come across.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liz7bee on February 7, 2013
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Somewhat of a mystery to me why this story matters. A pleasant enough read, but not a barn-burner or even a page-turner!

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Having read the author's first novel, THE ADDAGIO, I was already a fan Alan Austin's ability to create suspense that makes it hard to put the book down. THE COTTAGE is a masterful tale of well-developed characters with conflicts, flaws and motives all woven in historical mystery that compelled me to want more and more. The main character Jack Duncan is such a flawed, hapless, but brilliant protagonist I can hardly wait for his next adventure. I loved the author's many documentaries he produced during his tv journalism career and am just so pleased that he is now publishing novels of the same riveting narrative and content! Bravo!
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By Mr HW on April 1, 2015
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Hugely enjoyable! Highly recommended.
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Investigative reporter, documentarist for CBS affiliates, PBS, Oregon Public Broadcasting. My documentaries have won a total of ten of the four most prestigious national awards (Peabody, Emmy, DuPont Columbia, Sigma Delta Chi). One of my documentaries, "The Shakespeare Mystery," led to this novel.