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Wednesday 19 October - Monday 24 October 2016

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Benet Brandreth – The Spy of Venice

Wednesday 19 October 2016

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Suitable for: Age 14+

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Benet Brandreth is a highly-regarded barrister, rhetoric coach and authority on Shakespeare and will be talking about his debut novel, The Spy of Venice.

Benet explores the thrilling story of Shakespeare’s “lost years”, his role in England’s history and how a glover’s son from a small town in the middle of England became the greatest master of the English language the world has ever known.

Benet works regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar and others on Shakespeare’s use of language. He is also a qualified stage combat choreographer.

Reviews for The Spy of Venice:

“The author knows his Shakespeare backwards (the Venice setting has been carefully chosen), rejoices in its wordplay, loves his allusions and has a good time with his characters. So did I.” Elizabeth Buchan for The Daily Mail

“In a gloriously escapist debut novel, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, Shakespeare expert Benet Brandreth stages a thrilling drama that would surely have tickled the ribs of the great man himself.” Lancashire Evening Post.

Visit Benet Brandreth website (external link)

The Spy of Venice

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