“A remarkable book. It is also a brave one…Barber conjures up some beautifully realized scenes.”
--New York Times Book Review
"With the screw-tightening verve of a great thriller and the romantic pull of Renaissance poetry, the novel — which purports that Marlowe is the true author of William Shakespeare’s legendary oeuvre — is a gripping, lyrical, most unlikely page-turner.” --American Way
“Lush, inspired and provocative, this spellbinding dossier conjures up a bewitching Marlowe.” --Kirkus
“Marlowe meets fascinating characters, sneaky spies and counterfeiters, gifted poets and playwrights, self-serving noblemen and vicious gutter-snipes. Barber’s vivid portrayal of filthy, stinking London, the horror of the plague, the rampant and bloody religious intolerance, and the squalid daily life of 16th-century Europe are accurate and convincing.” –Publishers Weekly
"A must-read for anyone interested in Marlowe, William Shakespeare or 16th-century English history . . . The writing is superb, the plot moves quickly and Marlowe's story is compelling. An award-winning, highly original novel in verse about the life of Christopher Marlowe--even after the world believed him dead.”--Shelf Awareness
"Terrifically accomplished and enjoyable . . . restores one's faith in English fiction." --Fay Weldon
Very clever! But definitely targeted towards folks who have have read a lot of Shakespeare!
Beware - it is mostly written in blank verse!
This was my first book written in verse, and for first few pages I neede time to get used to,
But the author successfully pulls us into the book's world. Read more
As a long-time admirer of Marlowe and an active proponent of his possible Shakespearean identity, I was hoping for more than the same old Deptford Story about how Kit really wasn't... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Seals
One of the best books I have read in a long tine. I believe that the man From Stratford did not write the plays and poems attributed to him; I believe it was de Vere, but this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Patricia King
I thought this might be a difficult read but worth the effort; to my surprise I wolfed it down. Whatever the historical truth of the matter, this book is poetic and entertaining,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by David MacKay
In many ways, Ros Barber's decision to use iambic blank verse to tell her story of the Christopher Marlowe story is both brave and appropriate not least as the form adds another... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ripple
Reads like an adventure caper.
But with a format like a Marlowe/Shakespeare poetic triumph. Highly recommend this very competent writer's work.
The idea that Shakespeare was, in fact, a front for another (or a group of) author is not new; the first manifestations of the concept dates back to the 19th century. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephanie N