Books by Nicholas Shakespeare

PRISCILLA by Nicholas Shakespeare
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A somewhat disjointed story that nonetheless successfully recounts how one woman dealt with her dysfunctional life."
Novelist Shakespeare (In Tasmania, 2004, etc.) searches for the realities of his aunt's life before, during and after World War II. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"A talented author's peripatetic self-regard."
Bruce Chatwin's (1940-1989) wife Elizabeth and his authorized biographer Shakespeare compile the literary vagabond's correspondence. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE SEA by Nicholas Shakespeare
Released: June 24, 2008

"Although oddly paced and occasionally quirky, this is both a skillful, empathetic tale and an affectionate portrait of a place and its community."
Set in Tasmania, an accomplished love story by British author Shakespeare (Snowleg, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
SNOWLEG by Nicholas Shakespeare
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Both sentimental and avant-garde, much as with The Dancer Upstairs, the story here beats with so strong a pulse that its portrait of a frozen East Germany will remind readers of the journey anyone devastated by loss and betrayal must make in order to reach the point of risking love again."
Another richly imagined tale of thwarted romance from Shakespeare (The Dancer Upstairs, 1997). Read full book review >
BRUCE CHATWIN by Nicholas Shakespeare
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"An unflinching reconstruction of a singular writer's scorching trajectory through life: Speed makes it concise; fate makes it haunting. (Family tree, photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An ingenious, outsize myth-meets-facts "life and works" of the charismatic global citizen and compulsive tale-teller. Read full book review >
THE DANCER UPSTAIRS by Nicholas Shakespeare
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Precisely, beautifully detailed, with a remarkable grasp of tension in a society not the writer's own: a tale both faithful to its time and utterly timeless."
In a sequel of sorts to his award-winning novel The Vision of Elena Silves (1990), Shakespeare again explores an explosive situation in Latin America (inspired by the Shining Path insurrection in Peru), deftly mingling love and suspense in a powerful, persuasive narrative. Read full book review >