The bookshop elves have emerged from the basement post stock take, slightly dazed and blinking against the light. We are not perhaps our sparkling selves but then you try counting 4089 pencils. Trust me, seen one pencil, seen them all.
So now it is time to think of books. Unless you have been holidaying with Tim Peake, you will be aware that April marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Naturally, we have stocked up on a range of titles on all aspects of the life and work of Britain’s most famous author. And we had so much to choose from: books on his life; books on his works; tomes about the Globe Theatre; hand-tooled leather editions of the sonnets; manga comics of Macbeth; Shakespeare’s Tips for Twerking (OK, I may have made that one up).
As Rosalind says, ‘Can one desire too much of a good thing?’ How will you choose?
If you are planning on visiting the By me William Shakespeare exhibition at Somerset House (and you should, as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a collection of original documents not normally housed together) then a copy of Will’s Will by Simon Tressler would be handy pre-visit reading or make a lovely souvenir. It includes a full transcript of the testament itself and examines the individual clauses to explore the life of the enigmatic playwright. Continue reading »