The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Charlie Lovett

Narrated By: John Bedford Lloyd

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: June 2013

Duration: 11 hours 19 minutes


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, is now available.

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.


  • amanda rosenberger

    I was fully expecting to love this book. The author is extremely talented, and especially adept at portraying grief. The best part of this book, and the only parts I actually enjoyed, was the love relationship between Peter and Amanda. And his stages of grief after loosing her. I honestly wish that had been all that the book consisted of, the rest was just fluff, barely made sense, skipped around centuries. 5 stars for the love story, 1 star for the murder mystery, which brings me to a 3 star rating.

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