Troubador Who REALLY Wrote Shakespeare?

Released: 19/02/2016

eISBN: 9781785895760

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Who REALLY Wrote Shakespeare?

A detective mystery novel

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"William Shakespeare was a con man! A faker and a forger!" With these words from a fellow lecturer ringing in his ears, university lecturer, Daniel Ryhope, sets off on a quest to uncover the truth: Did Shakespeare really write Shakespeare? Joined by his wife and two friends, Daniel begins the search: analyzing and sifting through information on writers and dramatists who were alive during the Shakespearean era. How could it be that the writer of the greatest works in English came from a small market town? Did the creator of Hamlet and Macbeth have to be rich and well-educated? Was Shakespeare a cover-name for an anonymous aristocratic playwright? Did Shakespeare have connections at court? Was the writer really a woman? Was it possible that the plays were written by a team? In true detective fashion, Daniel and his friends investigate all the possible options and theories. In the end, they announce their conclusion, appropriately enough, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace. Using sources from far and wide, D. Lawrence-Young has written a fascinating novel of detection which throws much light on the perennial question: Who Really Wrote Shakespeare?

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A great detective story about a lecturer on a quest to find out who Shakespeare was and did he write the dramas etc. attributed to him? A well researched book using well documented evidence. See what you think.

by Eileen Hall


This book looks at all of the different thoughts on whether Shakespeare wrote all of his works or not. Through the ages many people have had different theories but could not know for sure which of these theories could be true. Take a professor who teaches Shakespeare and in getting his wife, his fellow teachers and his class involved brought about some close looks at the past and what was fiction and what was fat with actual information to back it up. If you like Shakespeare then you will enjoy this read.

by Nancy Witt


This was a great book with a very different spin on a detective novel I found it very interesting and would highly recommend it.

by Natasha Edwards


5*: Who REALLY Wrote Shakespeare? by D. Lawrence-Young Troubador Publishing Ltd Matador Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult) Pub Date 25 Apr 2016 I was given a copy of Who Really Wrote Shakespeare through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows: Anna Perkins is the head of the medieval literature department and teaches that Shakespeare was a fraud. Anna Perkins goes so far as to say that perhaps Shakespeare did not exist at all. This book allows us to look at different possibilities of who really wrote Shakespeare including the possibility of Sir Francis Bacon writing the plays. Though a fictional tale it is obviously well researched. The possibility of people being murdered through the generations to keep the so called Shakespeare Fraud from being revealed is brought up. Daniel finds himself intrigued by Anna Perkins claims and begins researching on his own. What will Daniel discover to prove or disprove Anna Perkins theories? Find out in Who Really Wrote Shakespeare. Five out of five stars Happy Reading.

by Michelle Kidwell


4 out of 5 stars:
This was an educational novel written by a true Shakespeare enthusiast. It starts with a rant by a college lecturer about Shakespeare not being the real author of his compositions and the challenge to prove that he was. Daniel takes up this challenge and gathers up his friend Mike and their wives to research who the real author was. They examine all the various nobles, both male and female, that could possibly have been involved. There are some interesting back stories about the early challengers to the idea Shakespeare was not the real author, beginning with the Reverend Wilmot born in 1726. Several works are mentioned in the novel as Daniel and the others become involved, and to my mind there are too many which is the only thing that put me off the novel. Apart from this it was an interesting expedition into the various notions that men and women have had about this playwright and poet through the ages.

by Deborah Mika


This was an educational novel written by a true Shakespeare enthusiast. It starts with a rant by a college lecturer about Shakespeare not being the real author of his compositions and the challenge to prove that he was. Daniel takes up this challenge and gathers up his friend Mike and their wives to research who the real author was. They examine all the various nobles both male and female that could possibly have been involved and there are some interesting back stories about the early challengers to the idea Shakespeare was not the real author beginning with the Reverend Wilmot born in 1726. Several works are mentioned in the novel as Daniel and the others become involved and to my mind there are too many which is the only thing that put me off the novel. Apart from this it was an interesting expedition into the various notions that men and women have had about this playwright and poet through the ages.

by Deborah Mika


4 out of 5 stars

This is a really great book. I loved it.

by Jennifer Copeland


The blurb really attracted me to this book. I have to say that it had never occurred to me that someone else may have written Shakespeare’s plays and I was fascinated by the idea. Was the famous bard really who he said he was? The story is fictional but it references many earlier works as this question has been debated for over 200 years.

The story starts with fellow lecturer Anna stating that Shakespeare was a fraud. How could the son of a Stratford glovemaker write so well about things he hadn’t experienced first-hand like other countries, battles and sea-storms? History lecturer Daniel decides to try to find out whether Shakespeare really did write his plays and sonnets or was it someone else. He enlists the help of his friend and fellow history lecturer Mike. Soon Jenny, another history lecturer and also Mike’s girlfriend joins in. And later on, Daniel’s wife Beth gets in on the act too. There seems to be a wealth of material on the topic in the university library plus sources online. And I like how Daniel utilises his students too.

It is done in a Poirot detective style with them investigating each other possible candidate in turn. I loved how it is broken down into manageable chunks, with them stopping each session because it is time for favourite TV show or they are hungry, etc. I felt it was written in a style that many of us might write in. It made me feel that there could be a book in more of us than we realise.

I loved this book especially the conclusion reached. And it even had me looking up the question on Wikipedia myself afterwards.

David Lawrence-Young is a prolific author who has spent the last forty-five years teaching History and English. In addition to Who Really Wrote Shakespeare, he has written sixteen other novels – and many more magazine articles – about travelling and history, indicating not only his wealth of knowledge about these subjects, but his love of them too. Follow Lawrence-Young’s blog for more fascinating insights into the life and work of the famous bard.

I highly recommend this book, an intriguing, historical detective novel.

by NetGalley reviewer


This is a book for Shakespearean fans and I expect will cause a lot of debate.

It was interesting to read about Daniel, a teacher and his students as they discover if indeed Shakespeare was a fraud or not.

I loved how I changed my mind over and over and think this will be a fab book for book clubs as it involves the reader and makes us ask questions.

A good read.

by Tracy Shephard


David Lawrence-Young

Born in the UK, moved to Israel in 1968 and spent most of the time since then teaching and lecturing in English and history. Loves giving lectures on these topics and also about Shakespeare. Written 18 historical novels and planning a crime novel based on a Shakespearean theme. Now writing a novel about Nelson and his mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton.

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