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The Spy of Venice: A William Shakespeare novel (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 24/03/2016
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CJ Sansom meets Shakespeare in Love - a historical thriller with a swashbuckling twist and a hero like you've never seen him before When he's caught out by one ill-advised seduction too many, young William Shakespeare flees Stratford to seek his fortune. Cast adrift in London, Will falls in with a band of players - but greater men have their eye on this talented young wordsmith. England's very survival hangs in the balance, and Will finds himself dispatched to Venice on a crucial embassy. Dazzled by the city's masques - and its beauties - Will little realises the peril in which he finds himself. Catholic assassins would stop at nothing to end his mission on the point of their sharpened knives, and lurking in the shadows is a killer as clever as he is cruel. Suspenseful, seductive and as sharp as an assassin's blade, The Spy of Venice introduces a major new literary talent. "The Spy of Venice is a playful and inventive debut. The dialogue is wonderful, and Will's banter with his fellow actors sparkles." Antonia Senior, The Times "Entertaining and ebullient . . . The author knows his Shakespeare backwards (the Venice setting has been carefully chosen), rejoices in its wordplay, loves his allusions and has a good time with his characters. So did I." Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail "A Venetian romp" Telegraph

Publisher: twenty7
ISBN: 9781785770371
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 709 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The Spy of Venice begins with a three page introduction that left me gasping . . . I'm anxious to read future books in this series! -- Impressions in Ink
The Spy of Venice is a playful and inventive debut. The dialogue is wonderful, and Will's banter with his fellow actors sparkles. -- Antonia Senior * The Times, Saturday *
I love it! * editeverything.com *
This book will surely be a delight to readers on every level (...) There is not a dull moment in this book...I really didn't want to finish it and am very glad Benet Brandreth has left himself an opportunity to continue Shakespeare's Venetian adventures a while longer. -- Maureen Carlyle * Shots Magazine *
A Venetian romp that takes Shakespeare as its lusty hero. -- Claire Allfree * The Daily Telegraph *
There is comedy, tragedy and romance as the storyline twists and turns...Some names are well known to fans of Shakespeare and the story is written as though William's adventures could have given him material and ideas for his later works * Rosie Amber Book Reviews Blog *
Entertaining and ebullient story...the author knows his Shakespeare backwards (the Venice setting has been carefully chosen), rejoices in its wordplay loves his allusions and has a good time with his characters. So did I. -- Elizabeth Buchan * The Daily Mail, dailymail.co.uk, Scottish Daily Mail *
Benet Brandreth, son of Gyles, has concocted a swords-and -sex historical thriller about young William Shakespeare having away at it in Venice in 1585, The Spy of Venice. -- David Sexton * London Evening Standard *
Gloriously escapist...a thrilling drama that would surely have tickled the ribs of the great man himself...authentic dialogue, a fine line in imaginative plotting and a hero who leads his cast tenderly by the nose, Brandreth has conjured up what might well be the start of an exciting and unique new series. * Lancashire Evening Post *
A real page turner that I couldn't put down * A Good Read Blog *
Devotees of Shakespeare's work will enjoy the verbal sparring and the frequent references to his plays and sonnets. Ultimately The Spy of Venice is an amusing and fast-paced action thriller that will entertain a variety of readers. * Historical Novels Review *
* There is love here, intrigue, the fascinating, turbulent history of a continent beset by religious and political upheaval and at its heart a brilliant and inventive young man on the cusp of becoming one of the world's literary giants....Stirring adventure with both brains and brawn... * Lancashire Evening Post *
If you're a Shakespeare fan, if you love the English language and clever word play, this is a unique and compelling thriller. The Spy of Venice is a spectacular opening to a series which fills in those missing years between Stratford and The Globe with plenty more Elizabethan high jinks! * Crime Review Blog *
This book has intrigue, twists and turns and a wonderful dialogue -- Alex Wade * The Times *
Historic adventure romp The Spy of Venice introduces us to youthful William Shakespeare who bears more than a slight resemblance to dashing author Benet Brandreth. And this rip roaring zestful saga of travelling players and popsih plots continue in The Assassin of Verona. * Shakespeare Magazine *

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“Historical thriller with some great twists and turns”

This book will surely be a delight to readers on every level; Shakespeare buffs, lovers of literature, but perhaps most of all those who simply enjoy really exciting and well-plotted historical thrillers. It is of... More

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9th March 2016
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