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Hannah George

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A riveting must-read for Jonson/Shakespeare fans

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-20

The Counterplot is a gripping story of courtly intrigue, religious tension and what it takes to make it as a struggling artist in Stuart England. With a well-realised chorus of characters, it sucks you into Shakespeare’s London through the eyes of the playwright Ben Jonson as he battles fortune’s wheel to come out on top. The gunpowder plot acts as a centrepiece, chucking in a good measure of tension and excitement. The author paints the period vividly and oozes with historical knowledge. But the characters feel enduring and the content applicable to the modern world. This is a must for those who love the Tudor and Stuart period and all of its exceptional literature.

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