Top positive review
Great read although unusual focus for Cornwell
6 December 2017
The world of Elizabethan theatre is bought to life with all its ribaldry, humour, vulnerability and roughness. Gives a real sense of what life was like as a player, while keeping a certain distance from the great man, Will, himself. Unusually for Cornwell, the passion is mainly in the subject matter rather than the characters. His depiction of Richard Shakespeare and the other main characters has a curious lightness compared to any of his more robust and character-driven much-loved historical action novels.