The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett
A Novel of Obsession

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10 Critic Reviews

The author’s scholarship is impeccable—let there be no doubt of that—but he uses the facts to support the more metaphysical aspects of his story rather than for strict authenticity, and that definitely sets The Bookman’s Tale apart...
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love

Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda.
 
Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries—all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity.

The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett is coming from Viking Books on October 18, 2015


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About Charlie Lovett

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Charlie Lovett is a writer, teacher, and playwright, whose plays for children have been seen in more than 3,000 productions. He is a former antiquarian bookseller and an avid book collector. He and his wife, Janice, split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Penguin Books. 369 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Bookman's Tale
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 29 2013

...the frequent flashbacks to bygone days interrupt the narrative flow. In addition, the characters’ dialogue, while full of passion for letters, is wooden and uninspired.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Magdalena Ball on Jun 30 2013

...an immensely satisfying and pleasurable read that combines a range of genres and above all else, celebrates the beauty and wonder of the literary word.

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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 30 2013

...a Victorian watercolor portrait seemingly of his dead wife sets this sizable ball rolling and leads through new female friendships, murder scenes and tombs to a pleasing-if-predictable country-house denouement.

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Blythe Barnhill on Nov 15 2013

When I looked again at the publishers blurb, I noticed that the book is touted as having “echoes of Possession and Shadow of the Wind - both of which I would have to say are better books, and both of which got there first.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Autumn Markus on May 28 2013

The author’s scholarship is impeccable—let there be no doubt of that—but he uses the facts to support the more metaphysical aspects of his story rather than for strict authenticity, and that definitely sets The Bookman’s Tale apart...

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Open Book Society

Excellent
Reviewed by hmhibbit on May 13 2013

...jumps back and forth in time. I enjoyed the changing points of view. I would be in Peter’s head, then I would be with Shakespeare’s contemporaries...You must read this book. The Bookman’s Tale is one of the best books I’ve read thus far in 2013!

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Historical Novel Society

Good
on Jun 07 2013

Lovett, a former antiquarian book dealer, obviously knows his stuff, and his readers will get a fun education in the rare book trade.

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The Best Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on May 31 2013

Whether you are a fellow bibliophile, antiquarian, romantic, mystery or historical fiction fan, this is a notable book to relish page by intricate, complex and enigmatic page.

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SeniorWomen.com

Good
Reviewed by Julia Sneden on Jun 07 2013

...is solved, in what at first may seem a rather forced coincidence, but in a careful re-read of the book, the groundwork for that solution has been carefully laid. All in all, it offers a satisfying conclusion to The Bookman’s Tale.

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SeniorWomen.com

Good
Reviewed by Julia Sneden on Jun 07 2013

The story jumps back and forth, each chapter headed with a place and date so that the reader who pays attention will be able to follow the carefully plotted, out-of-sequence story.

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