Guess what comes out in paperback on May 27th, 2014? Charlie Lovett's fantastic novel, The Bookman's Tale. A story about books, forgeries, and love with a dollop of mystery thrown in, this is one unputdownable read.
Here's a brief summary of the book:
a dusty bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, Peter Byerly, a widowed American
antiquarian bookseller, stumbles across a miniature
portrait of his dead wife—but his wife died in 1994 and the portrait is
clearly Victorian. When he tries to learn more about the watercolor,
Peter is swept up in a web of mystery and intrigue and uncovers what
could be the most important (and valuable) artifact
in the history of English literature—a book that appears to have
marginalia written by William Shakespeare positively proving the
identity of the great playwright. But Peter is not the only person
interested in the watercolor and the book. Framed for murder
and with the killers on his trail, he is desperate to find out if the
book is genuine or a forgery. Along the way, the reader is transported
London in the late sixteenth century and the
English countryside in the 1870s, finally discovering not only the
truth about the lost book, but also about Peter’s own past and that of
Amanda who died so young."
Sounds amazing, doesn't it! If you want to read my thoughts on it, then check out my review here.