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A mysterious portrait ignites an antiquarian bookseller’s search through time and the works of Shakespeare for his lost love

Charlie Lovett’s new book, The Lost Book of the Grail, will be available from Viking on February 28, 2017


Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda.
 
Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries—all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    The Bookman's Tale

    A great summer read for anyone that enjoys literary mysteries.

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    Most fun I've read in years

    A wonderful book that never stops till the last page is read!

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