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Shakespeare's Will

Meredith Whitford


Anne Hathaway enjoys her friendship with the young William Shakespeare, who entertains her with his poems and his dreams of fame in the London theatres. But in the course of one country summer friendship becomes something more. Anne is pregnant and they must marry, and be stuck in Stratford and poverty forever.

Or so William thinks. Hard-headed, intelligent Anne realises that if they are to be happy she must make his dreams come true. He must try his luck in London while she stays home to raise their children in
boredom and loneliness.

Five years later her gamble has paid off. With William becoming rich and increasingly famous, Anne can join him in his London world of actors, spies, dangerous politics and wily aristocrats. It is other dangers that now threaten their marriage and Anne’s love – a beautiful boy, and a dark, dangerous woman, both of whom want her husband. And he seems to want them.

Now Anne must gamble again. If she leaves her husband, will he ever return to her? Will Shakespeare, in fact, love his wife?



What They Say

A sublime historical novel. It flows, it’s real, the characters are honest, and their actions are consistent with their belief systems and their deepest feelings… a joy. Whitford’s writing is impeccable. Historical fact melds seamlessly with historical fiction.
– The Historical Novel Society.

"Fiction made deep with scholarship and references, but also, in itself, a terrific story that evokes the streets of both London and Stratford in the sixteenth century while providing a timeless tale of love, betrayal, genius and redemption."
Magdalena Ball. CompulsiveReader.


About the Author

Educated entirely after leaving school, Meredith Whitford has been a civil servant, a freelance editor and director of Between Us Manuscript Assessment Service. She now has a BA in history and classics, and a Master’s in Creative Writing, and is the award-winning author of Treason, Shakespeare’s Will, and Jessica Mitford: Churchill’s Rebel (biography). Her interests are reading, history, sleeping and cryptic crosswords. She lives near the sea in Adelaide, South Australia, and is married with two children, two grandchildren, and two cats.




Shakespeare's Will by Meredith Whitford
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ISBN: 9781925681888
Format: Paperback C 229mm x 152mm
Extent: 252 pages
RRP: $24.95
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Historical Fiction
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