A Shakespeare for our time; scholarly, witty and bold
It deserves its place in the turbulent and constantly expanding firmament of Shakespearean studies.
There's no denying the precision with which he nails his narrative with a well-chosen line. And those lines tend to be good.
Holden's book is lively, readable and lit with real enthusiasm for the play and poetry. It should reach a wide audience who will be fascinated by the riddles which make up Shakespeare's life story.