The Lost Diary of Shakespeare's Ghostwriter by Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
  

Synopsis

The Lost Diary of Shakespeare's Ghostwriter by Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

The eighth Lost Diary - factually accurate, fictionally funny! William Shakespeare himself needs no introduction, but not everyone knows the secrets of his success! How could a man so busy with life in Elizabethan England have had time to write all those plays and poems? Enter stage right, Egbert Noah Bacon - one of his writing group who, quill in hand, gives us a new perspective on the Bard himself and of a fascinating period of English history: Includes Spanish Armada, Gunpowder Plot, Queen Elizabeth First's life...and death...and successor. The Plague, the invention of the lavatory and, of course, the building and burning of the Globe Theatre.

About the Author

Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore

Steve Barlow is not Steve Barlow's real name. His real name is Steve Lowe, but he couldn't be Steve Lowe because playwright Stephen Lowe is already Steve Lowe, though his real name is Stephen Wright, but he couldn't be Wright because Steven Wright was already Steven Wright, so Stephen Wright had to change his name to Stephen Lowe; so Steve Lowe couldn't be Steve Lowe because Stephen Wright was already Stephen Lowe because Steven Wright was Steven Wright so Steve Lowe changed his name to Steve Barlow, all on account of Stephen Wright. Right?

Steve Barlow was born in Britain (in Crewe, in the county of Cheshire). He went to Brierley Street School, which was like Bash Street only not as sophisticated, then to Crewe County Grammar School for Boys (and what kind of school feels the need, in its name, to remind its pupils what gender they are? Hmmm?). He went on to study at Warwick University and Nottingham University, and worked at various times as a teacher, actor, stage manager and puppeteer. Then he went to teach in Botswana, where a valid excuse for students not handing in their homework was 'A goat ate it, sir!'. On his return to the UK he met Steve Skidmore, and the rest is hysteria.

Steve Barlow lives in Somerset with his wife Cathy, daughter Amy and son Robbie. He likes walking, sailing, reading, listening to music and shouting at politicians on the telly.

Steve Skidmore is shorter than Steve Barlow and less hairy. He was born in Birstall near Leicester in England. After managing to pass some exams at school, he went on to Nottingham University to supposedly read English, but spent most of his time playing sport and doing a variety of summer jobs including counting pastry pie lids (yes, really).

He trained as a teacher of Drama, English and Film studies, before teaming up with Steve Barlow to become a full time author.

He lives in Leicester and is a great rugby fan (he supports Leicester Tigers - "Come on you Tiiiiigeeeers!")

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
128 pages
Interest Age: From 9 To 11

Author

Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
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Author's Website

www.the2steves.net

Publisher

HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Publication date

1st March 1999

ISBN

9780006945888


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