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THE BOOKMAN'S TALE - By Charlie Lovett

THE BOOKMAN'S TALE - By Charlie Lovett

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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.

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

Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn't really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.

As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.

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.

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

Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn't really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.

As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.

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Published by: Viking, Penguin Group (USA) on May 13, 2013
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hen it opened in 1957, the Robert Ridgeeld Library had been thetallest building in Ridgeeld— a nine-story neoclassical behemotho granite and glass, columns and cornices, with an incongruous cu-pola perched uncomortably on top.The Ridgeelds had come to North Carolina rom Scotland justater the revolution and had spent the next two centuries going romsuccess to success. A moderately wealthy nineteenth-century mer-chant amily, they had become impressively wealthy in tobacco, thenexcessively wealthy in textiles, and now obscenely wealthy in bank-ing. Along the way, they had turned a backwater two-year Bible col-lege into the nationally recognized Ridgeeld University.The library had been built atop Ridgeeld’s highest point— a hillon the edge o campus previously avored by students or late-nighttrysts. From the upper foors one could view the countryside aroundRidgeeld or miles— a patchwork o corn and tobacco, clouds o dust rising rom the horizon as pickup trucks sped down gravelroads. In the Georgia granite above the library’s main entrance werecarved the words, “Let those who enter here seek not only knowl-edge but wisdom.”The moment Peter walked into the library or the rst time, pass-ing rom the blazing sun o a North Carolina August into the cooldimness o its narrow corridors, its miles o shelving, its million anda hal books, he elt at home. He was eighteen and had lived his lieon that very armland that was visible rom the top o the library— a world in which he had always elt awkwardly out o place. His amily 

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