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For the Love of Shakespeare: A Companion

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Did you know that Shakespeare is the most filmed author of all time, as he’s been credited on more than 1,000 movies and TV shows? Or that "obscene," "gloomy," "fashionable," and "generous" are among the countless new words that Shakespeare introduced? Actually, "countless!" is one of his, too! It’s also because of the Bard that we say "catch a cold," "naked truth," and "g ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Summersdale
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Laura Wilkinson
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to the publisher, Summersdale; I was given a book in return for an honest review.
Prior to writing for a living, I was a professional actress so when the opportunity arose to review Beth Miller’s companion guide to the world’s most famous dramatist there was no way I was going to refuse. I adore Shakespeare, though I never did get to play one of his characters. I performed in many of his contemporaries’ works but not the great man’s. Pisht!
Like the book’s author, it wasn’t always thus.
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Lucy Hay
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A witty look at Shakespeare that is a MUST for any literary lover of The Bard himself. Broken down into accessible chunks, Miller's cosy, conversational tone is set up from the start; it feels as if a friend is telling you all about literature in the pub! There are mini-interviews with people who've made Shakespeare their lives (such as those working for the RSC) peppered throughout the book; this gives a much-needed human element that contrasts well with Miller's funnier bits, as well as the mo ...more
Jessica
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beth Miller begins her companion to Shakespeare with her own light bulb moment, a production of Richard III she was “dragged to” when studying A levels. She goes on to ask why write another book about Shakespeare, when Amazon already lists more than 75,000?
But what she’s produced answers her own question. It’s a witty, practical mix of description, pointers, history, and enjoyable trivia, underpinned by how human beings respond to Shakespeare including ordinary people like you, (and you, and yo
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Angie Jones-Moore
I don't know what I was expecting of this book, I have read my fare share of Shakespeare in the past and always had a fondness for it.
I instantly felt that Beth and I would get along if we met after reading the first few pages; I, as did she, had my 'switch on moment' whilst watching King Lear in Stratford Upon Avon when studying for my A levels, 'out vile jelly' has stuck with me ever since. As the eye ball hit the stage I tingled from head to toe.
Beth Miller has written this book in an easy t
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Niki Baier
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely give 5 star reviews but this book was just perfect.
I've loved Shakespeare for years and thought I knew quite a bit, however I have learned a lot more by reading this book.
It is perfectly set out as a companion that you can dip in and out of or alternatively you can read the book straight through (that's what I did!)
I am sure this book will referenced many times not only by myself but also my children, how will find this easy to read and a help throughout there secondary schooling.
Can't
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Linda Hill
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything you thought you knew about Shakespeare and an awful lot more besides!

I’d have thought that Shakespeare had been done to death and that there wouldn’t be much more to offer but Beth Miller has come up with a fresh and vivacious book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Divided into clearly defined sections, For The Love of Shakespeare is designed, as Beth Miller herself says, for the reader to dip in to and I must mention the lovely attached silk bookmark that allows this so easily. I began by fl
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Pnina Savery
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book, easy to read and full of interesting facts about Shakespeare and his writings. For experts and novices alike, this book has so much to offer. It really made me want to see as many Shakespeare performances as possible as the overviews of his plays make them all sound brilliant, even the ones that can be tricky to follow. The book begins with background information on the man behind the plays, complete with historical notes as well as personal information. It then continu ...more
Karen Carter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shakespeare lovers and sceptics!
Recommended to Karen by: The Book Club
What a lovely book!
This book really is a companion to Shakespeare and every bit as friendly and as accessible as a companion should be.
It is clearly laid out and whilst I enjoyed reading it cover to cover, I have no doubt that I (and hopefully my sons and classes) will also dip in and out of it.
This book was informative but also written in a chatty, engaging way. I loved the fact that Beth Miller acknowledges that many people's first experiences of Shakespeare are not positive and begins her bo
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Lainy
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - Dipped in and out from March

Pages - 282

Publisher - Summersdale

Blurb from Goodreads

A treasure-trove of wit, imagination and emotion, his plays and poems continue to surprise, inspire, console and delight us. Whether you're a life-long lover of the Bard or a curious newcomer to his world, this companion will lift the curtain on the unforgettable characters and stories of Britain's greatest dramatist.


My Review

This book on the inside is called A Companion, that is perfect for wh
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Arkgirl
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful and accessible look at the work and influence of Shakespeare that would be a great addition to anyone's Shakespeare collection but is also a great introduction for those who are new to his works, young students, and also for those put off his work in younger life this may tempt them back to give another chance.

The book is set out into clear sections that you can dip into or read straight through ... it is that readable [!]:
It starts with an introduction to Shakespeare the Ma
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Nerdish Mum
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My original plan for reading this book as it is a non-fiction was to read a bit then put it down and just keep diving into it every now and again. This almost immediately went out the window and I ended up reading it cover to cover in two sittings as it was so clear and easy to read and extremely enjoyable as well as being informative.

I really loved how For The Love Of Shakespeare is organised, it makes it very easy for you to pick it up and find which bit you'd like to read. The first two sect
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