Looking to escape in a good book? Take a break from non-fiction, and read these excerpts from Shakespeare-inspired novels that we’ve featured in the past two years on Shakespeare & Beyond.
In this historical thriller, William Shakespeare is disguised as a steward to the English ambassador in 1586 Venice. He and his actor friends Oldcastle and Hemminges possess a deadly secret: the names of Catholic spies in England who seek to destroy Queen Elizabeth.
What happens after The Tempest ends? Miranda in Milan picks up where Shakespeare’s play leaves off.
Inspired by a real-life episode, this novel tells the powerful story of a Shakespeare production by African American prisoners of war at Dartmoor prison in England, near the end of the War of 1812.
This sequel to Dear Committee Members continues the author’s satirical commentary on the humanities in academia. Payne University’s English department faces budget cuts, and Shakespeare has become a sticking point.
This novel tells the story of the first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Elizabethan England, from the perspective of William Shakespeare’s younger brother Richard.
Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø transforms the protagonist of Macbeth from a Scottish thane to the head of the SWAT unit in a 1970s industrial town torn apart by the drug trade. This gritty retelling of Shakespeare’s play is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.
In this retelling of King Lear (also part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series), Henry Dunbar makes the mistake of handing over control of his global corporation to his eldest daughters, who bribe a doctor to declare him mentally unfit and send him to a nursing home in England.
Have you read any of these books, or do you have any favorite Shakespeare-inspired novels not in this list? Share in the comments below.