Will

By Christopher Rush

Format: Paperback

Reissued to mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth in 2014, this is the fictionalised memoir of our greatest writer, revealing the secrets of his life to his lawyer as they prepare his will. Christopher Rush is a renowned writer and dramatist.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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William Shakespeare is dying, with his lawyer at his bedside. It is time to dictate his will. But how can a man put his affairs in order before he's come to terms with his past? Acclaimed poet, novelist, and Shakespeare professor Christopher Rush has put thirty years of scholarship and creativity into this unforgettable re-imagining of the Bard's life. Rush takes readers into the mind of William Shakespeare, a man whose almost superhuman art was forged from very human frailties and misfortunes. Will takes us back to Shakespeare's childhood, his first encounters with sex, and the dangers of politics, plague, and love. We hear the chilling account of the Tyburn executions, see him crossing the frozen Thames with the wooden beams that would become the Globe theater, and return with him to Stratford on the heartbreaking journey to bury his only son. Rush has created an utterly irresistible figure whose voice rings true across four hundred years--irrepressible, bawdy, witty, and wise, his every word steeped in the situations and phrases of his own plays.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 6 Feb 2014
ISBN 9781846972782
Number of Pages 512

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'Startlingly poetic - excellent' - The Spectator 'This fictional autobiography does more than eulogize - Burgess is the only other novelist to pass this test' - Times Literary Supplement 'A brilliantly witty and imaginative piece of writing' - Classic FM '[It's] lewd, fun, touching and downright fascinating [...] The delicious characters and moments just keep on coming' - Bookbag 'Rush has a deep connection to Shapespeare's language, and brings it back to life in this witty account of an extraordinary life' - The Lady

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