It deserves its place in the turbulent and constantly expanding firmament of Shakespearean studies.
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.
There's no denying the precision with which he nails his narrative with a well-chosen line. And those lines tend to be good.
A Shakespeare for our time; scholarly, witty and bold