Book Review: The Bookman’s Tale and a Giveaway!


“He closed his eyes for a moment, imagining the cocoon of books shielding him from all danger, inhaling deeply that familiar scent of cloth and leather and dust and words. His rushing pulse began to slow, and when he opened his eyes he scanned the shelves for something familiar–a title, an author, a well-remembered dust jacket design–anything that might ground him in the world of the known.” Charlie Lovett, THE BOOKMAN’S TALE

THE BOOKMAN’S TALE: A NOVEL OF OBSESSION by Charlie Lovett released in paperback on Tuesday. In a multi-period novel from Shakespeare’s time, to the Victorian era, to the late twentieth century, THE BOOKMAN’S TALE is the story of antiquarian bookseller, Peter Byerly, whose quest to find the artist of a watercolor that bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, becomes a struggle for life and death on both the physical and emotional level. Embedded in the mystery of the portrait Byerly finds in an old book is the exploration of the famed debate over the true author of Shakespeare’s work.

While the plot of the THE BOOKMAN’S TALE is intricately woven, the story is highly readable and compelling. There is a natural suspense generated from books set in many eras, and the added layer of intrigue in this novel surrounding Shakespeare’s writings makes it impossible to put down. Bibliophiles will delight in Byerly’s search through famed Shakespeare forgeries and references, but it is the extreme reverence for the written word and the binding of it that makes THE BOOKMAN’S TALE a love letter to reading and writing.

Fans of Kostova’s THE HISTORIAN and works of literary suspense will devour THE BOOKMAN’S TALE. Penguin USA has been kind enough to offer one copy for a giveaway. For a chance to win, (US residents only) leave a comment below about your favorite multiperiod novel, or your favorite work by Shakespeare, by Friday, May 30th at 9 PM ET. Good luck!


12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Bookman’s Tale and a Giveaway!

  1. Cindy Stephens says:

    Romeo and Juliet

  2. Michele Seat says:

    Kate Morton “The Lost Hours” 🙂

  3. Laurie Ward says:

    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

  4. This book sounds wonderful, Erika. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! A couple multiperiod novels I’ve enjoyed recently include Kate Morton’s THE SECRET KEEPER and Sarah McCoy’s THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER.

  5. erikarobuck says:

    Using, the winner is… LAURIE WARD!! Congratulations, and thanks to all of you for participating!!

  6. Chantelle Walker says:

    A midsummers night dream 🙂

  7. Chantelle Walker says:

    Oops 🙂 Its 7:51pm here, just noticed the ET though. Congrats Laurie 🙂

  8. Aww… poo… Sorry I missed your giveaway. This book has been on my radar since its hardcover release. It sounds FABULOUS. And for the record: I have a soft spot for Othello since I had to perform Desdemona’s part (and actually got on stage and sang her “willow” song) for my Shakespeare class in undergrad! 😉

  9. Darn. Hate that I missed the giveaway, but I will still share one of my favorite multiperiod novels Kostova’s THE SWAN THIEVES. I am interested in the THE BOOKMAN’S TALE too – thanks for adding to my ever expanding reading list!

  10. Hallie Sawyer says:

    I had this one in my possession for just a little while but couldn’t get to it before I needed to return it to the library. It looked so interesting when I saw it on the shelf and I’m determined to try again. Loved reading your thoughts on it!

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