Doug Kemp

The Final Act of Mr Shakespeare

By Robert Winder - Published 2010

Genres:

Literary

London 1613, and William Shakespeare returns from Stratford to the oppressive reign of King James. On visiting Sir Walter Raleigh in the Tower, he ...Read Review

Fool

By Christopher Moore - Published 2010

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Set in a bizarre Britain of the 12th century, Fool is a retelling, of sorts, of Shakespeare’s King Lear. It is a ...Read Review

The Return of Captain John Emmett

By Elizabeth Speller - Published 2010

Genres:

MilitaryMystery/Crime

London 1921. Laurence Bartram, widower and decorated army officer, is attempting to find a role for himself in post-War society by writing a study ...Read Review

How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

By Sarah Bakewell - Published 2010

Genres:

Nonfiction

The collections of Essays written by the Frenchman Michel de Montaigne in the latter years of the 16th century have long enthralled and ...Read Review

The Bones of Avalon

By Phil Rickman - Published 2010

Genres:

Biographical FictionFantasyMystery/Crime

England 1560, and the young Queen Elizabeth is still settling into her new throne. Whilst trying to usher in a new time of post-Marian ...Read Review

Grandville

By Bryan Talbot - Published 2009

Genres:

Alternate HistoryFantasy

This is a sumptuously illustrated graphic novel, by an author-artist who received wide acclaim for his 2007 book Alice in Sunderland. Grandville, according to ...Read Review

The Lady in the Tower

By Alison Weir - Published 2009Published 2010

Genres:

Nonfiction

The demand for the Tudors seems inexorable. This is a detailed study of the closing days of the life of Anne Boleyn by ...Read Review

Oscar’s Books

By Thomas Wright - Published 2009

Genres:

Nonfiction

This is a wonderfully well written biography of Oscar Wilde, and one which takes a very different approach, for it covers the great ...Read Review

The Affair of the Thirty-Nine Cufflinks

By James Anderson - Published 2006Published 2009

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

This is the third and final instalment (the author died in 2007) of the 1930s Golden Age murder mystery series, all set in the 12...Read Review

The Man in the Wooden Hat

By Jane Gardam - Published 2009

Genres:

Literary

This is a companion novel to Old Filth, published in 2005. As I had not read the first book, this may explain why the ...Read Review