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The last man well-off, clever and attractive Anne Hathaway needs is the penniless eighteen-year-old son of a disgraced and bankrupt glove-maker.But she shares unhappy William Shakespeare’s secret dreams ... and she’s pregnant with his child. Eight years his senior, she marries him, and soon discovers that to keep her husband's love she must do everything in her power to maThe last man well-off, clever and attractive Anne Hathaway needs is the penniless eighteen-year-old son of a disgraced and bankrupt glove-maker.But she shares unhappy William Shakespeare’s secret dreams ... and she’s pregnant with his child. Eight years his senior, she marries him, and soon discovers that to keep her husband's love she must do everything in her power to make his dreams come true.For years, she and her children endure the boredom of rustic Stratford while William writes and acts in London and tours the country with his troupe of actors, making no secret of his romantic conquests along the way.When things start to look up for the budding play-maker, Anne takes her little family to join him in the dirty and dangerous, plague-infested capital, a world of eccentric actors and heartless cut-throats, pompous writers and sly royal spies, spendthrift playboy aristocrats and brazen whores.Her love and unbounded ambition for her husband leads him to a wealthy, titled and beautiful young patron ... and into the golden boy’s arms, and his bed.Anne can turn a blind eye to this affair, but when Shakespeare’s wayward will takes another turn and he falls hopelessly in love with a dark and dangerous woman, she must apply her devotion and cunning in a way that will defy even history’s greatest story-weaver’s imagination.Will Anne’s desperate risk save their marriage ... or destroy it?A sublime historical novel. It flows, it’s real, the characters are honest, and their actions are consistent with their belief systems and their deepest feelings ... a joy. Whitford’s writing is impeccable. Historical fact melds seamlessly with historical fiction....

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ISBN : 9781906609467
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Number of Pages : 306 Pages
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Shakespeare's Will Reviews

  • Brian Kavanagh
    2018-11-18 04:24

    By Australian author, Meredith Whitford. My review.Where there’s a will.Much of William Shakespeare’s life is unknown apart from a few dates that chronicle his birth, marriage and death but Meredith Whitford has gathered these facts, along with other tantalizing Shakespearian bits and pieces that have come down to us, to fashion the personal life of the greatest poet in the English language. Told largely through the eyes of his wife, Anne Hathaway it chronicles the rise of William from country glove-maker to the London stage, success and acclaim. William’s passion and desire to create will be recognizable to those who burn with similar ambitions and who, along with Will, are tortured by the challenges of combining a home life with a career. The uncertainties, and sometimes sense of isolation, experienced by those surrounding a creative talent are portrayed in their frustrating realities.The isolation of the writer is another form of loneliness when the outside world must to be cut off to allow the phantom characters that inhabit the writer’s mind, be permitted their space to grow and develop flesh.All of this is contained in Shakespeare’s Will; in a style and language that brings 16th century England alive for us and the realisation that things are not so different today. Many contemporary artists will recognise the necessity of seeking patronage, not from an Earl or Monarch, but Arts bodies that dish out money provided the artist has jumped through their endless flaming hoops. The emotional lives of Anne, Will and Harry, the beautiful Earl of Southampton, who was literary minded, bisexual, and from a long Catholic dynasty, all are explored as well as Will’s fascination with the mysterious and carnal lady with the dark eyes. The steadfast emphasis is on love and the many variations on the meaning of that word.In a world of intrigue, political dangers and confusion, the marriage of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway must face up to all challenges, from long separations, mistrust, disappointments and the loss of a child.As Shakespeare brought his characters life, so does Meredith Whitford in what is an exciting and absorbing tale that will stay with you and, I believe, find you returning to it time and time again.Recommended.Brian Kavanagh.Author of Belinda Lawrence Mysteries.

  • BeWrite Books
    2018-11-28 06:24

    Where there's a will. A review.Much of William Shakespeare's life is unknown apart from a few dates that chronicle his birth, marriage and death, but Meredith Whitford has gathered these facts, along with other tantalizing Shakespearian bits and pieces that have come down to us, to fashion the personal life of the greatest poet in the English language. Told largely through the eyes of his wife, Anne Hathaway, it chronicles the rise of William from country glove-maker to the London stage, success and acclaim.William's passion and desire to create will be recognizable to those who burn with similar ambitions and who, along with Will, are tortured by the challenges of combining a home life with a career. The uncertainties, and sometimes sense of isolation, experienced by those surrounding a creative talent are portrayed in their frustrating realities.The isolation of the writer is another form of loneliness when the outside world must to be cut off to allow the phantom characters that inhabit the writer's mind, be permitted their space to grow and develop flesh.All of this is contained in Shakespeare's Will, in a style and language that brings 16th century England alive for us and the realisation that things are not so different today. Many contemporary artists will recognise the necessity of seeking patronage, not from an Earl or Monarch, but Arts bodies that dish out money provided the artist has jumped through their endless flaming hoops.The emotional lives of Anne, Will and Harry, the beautiful Earl of Southampton, who was literary minded, bisexual, and from a long Catholic dynasty, all are explored as well as Will's fascination with the mysterious and carnal lady with the dark eyes. The steadfast emphasis is on love and the many variations on the meaning of that word.In a world of intrigue, political dangers and confusion, the marriage of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway must face up to all challenges, from long separations, mistrust, disappointments and the loss of a child.As Shakespeare brought his characters life, so does Meredith Whitford in what is an exciting and absorbing tale that will stay with you and, I believe, find you returning to it time and time again.Recommended.Brian Kavanagh.Author of Belinda Lawrence Mysteries

  • Juliet Waldron
    2018-12-03 01:04

    Fittingly, the title is a multi-layered pun, a game much loved by Shakespeare and the wits of the Elizabethan Court. So much about the great man’s life will never be discovered that the author of any fiction about him has plenty of room to maneuver. I was delighted to open the book and step straight into a sunny day in the country town of Stratford. A handsome spinster, Anne Hathaway, shops for gloves. Not only is she eight years older than Will, but her family is on their way up, while his is on the way down. Anne falls for the young man anyway, and shares his early struggles and his secret ambitions. Pregnant on the day she’s married, there are plenty of trials to come. Three children are born in the first five years but William’s earning power is limited. He soon leaves Stratford for London, an early commuter marriage. Anne is the one who pushes her husband to pursue his dreams, for she’s wise enough to know that to keep his love, she’ll have to let him go. Her life thereafter is often lonely and anxious. There are dangers to their marriage in London, too, not just of the flesh, but political dangers as well, and these are skillfully drawn. There’s plenty of research behind this novel, but it’s smoothly incorporated. The characters and their dialog are absolutely true to time and place, which is important to me. (I especially loved the author’s notion about the origin of the Earl of Southampton’s beautiful gloves—check out his picture sometime) A fast, fun read.

  • Paul Burnette
    2018-12-06 00:15

    Poignant. Honest. Evocative. Add those to ‘powerful’ and the description fits. The little that we really know (and can document) about William Shakespeare’s life provides the anchor points for this novel that centers on the relationship between Anne Hathaway and Will Shakspere, encapsulating their first encounters, their affair, their marriage, the birth of their children, their sacrifices, Will’s slowly burgeoning career, the trials besetting a long-distance marriage, all wrapped up in the context of the turmoil – religious and political – of the last twenty or so years of the reign of Elizabeth I. Whitford so skillfully winds into her tapestry lines from the plays and poetry that we are provided with skillful portraits, as well, of the persons inspiring the great writer’s most poignant poems, honest characters, and evocative scenes from his plays.

  • Susan
    2018-12-05 06:13

    This was an intriguing historical fiction/speculative biography of William Shakespeare, focusing on the relationship with his wife and spiraling out through the rest of his wider life from there.I thought the word craft by the author was superbly done. I enjoyed her command and use of the language, in the telling of her tale, as much as the tale itself. Fitting, for the life of The Bard. Highly recommended.

  • Michele Allu Galacki
    2018-12-03 03:24

    Read this as an e-book entitled "Love's Will." If you like historical fiction, you may enjoy this. Most of what is known about Shakespeare is in this book, no new insights. However, the author takes dramatic license with the fiction part. What threw me was the modern language used (although it made it a much easier read). Overall, I did enjoy it.

  • Donna
    2018-12-02 22:56

    Not too badEnjoyed the twist of a classic storyline. Why I there a mandatory word limit. If I don't have more to say

  • Miffy
    2018-11-19 02:25

    I really loved this book. Being a fan of Shakespeare's works, I had never thought about what his life actually was like so this book was a great idea. Very well written and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-10 03:09

    It's no "Hamlet," but at least it doesn't claim the Earl of Oxford wrote the plays...

  • April Lemen
    2018-11-24 02:09

    Interesting take on the Bards life.

  • Amy
    2018-11-25 23:56

    Loved this book. I already knew quite a lot about Shakespeare's life from my research but Meredith Whitford really brings it to life. If you are interested in Shakespeare, read this book!