The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood


The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

Fourteen year-old Widge has very little going for him, no family, no real name, but he can write shorthand and that is a very valuable asset to the man who wants to steal William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. In those days there was only one copy of the play script, and that was jealously guarded at the Globe Theatre, London by Shakespeare's company of players. Widge sets off for London, accompanied by Falconer, a cruel and fearsome cutthroat whose job is to make sure that the mission is accomplished, no matter what the cost. But Widge gets so caught up in the play that soon all that matters to him is whether Hamlet will take action to avenge his father, and he forgets his task. Then his notebook is stolen. Under threat from Falconer, he manages to work his way into the troupe of actors, who befriend him and, for the first time, make him feel part of a family. How can he betray them now?


'A dramatic, exciting story.'

'very clever - right to the closing pages Widge's decision could go either way. Skilfully woven into the fabric of the story are fascinating insights into the life of Elizabethan England. Recommended.'

'the history and colourful characters makes this very interesting reading. This would definitely make an excellent present.'

'A superbly written, rip-roaring tale which brings Shakespearean London vividly to life.'

'A fascinating and unusual book. Exciting and thought-provoking.'

About the Author

Gary Blackwood has written novels for young readers including Wild Timothy, Beyond the Door and The Dying Sun. His involvement in the theatre, both as a playwright and as an amateur actor, goes back a long way ... though not quite to Shakespeare's day. Gary lives with his wife and two children on an acre of land surrounded by cow pastures outside Carthage, Missouri.

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224 pages
Interest Age: 10-12+


Gary Blackwood
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Publication date

1st October 1999



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O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


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