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William Shakespeare, Crime Scene Cleaner.
By F J McQueen. Urbane Publications, 2016.

Out now in paperback.

Amazon review:

By Mark Mayes on 25 Dec. 2016

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

A novel of extraordinary wit and imagination. A tour de force of language and inventiveness. I have simply never read anything like it. Told in quite a baroque style, and replete with a cast of Shakespearean characters and scenarios, not to mention old Will himself, but set in modern times, “Out Damned Spot!” really stands on its own, and deserves a genre all to itself. A unique tale, told in a unique style, highly stylised, you might say. I have listened to the author’s adaptation of Zola on BBC radio recently, and found the dialogue and description in those plays equally compelling and memorable.

Highly recommended.


WARNING: Contains big concept story-line, and huge metaphors.

This is one novel I am greatly looking  to, with great relish, and not a little abandon.

I have read earlier drafts and there really is fine writing writing here – fine writing and a wholly wayward imagination. But it works! It works wonderfully.

Publication date: 14th April, 2016, by Urbane Publications.


Out Damned Spot! William Shakespeare, Crime Scene Cleaner is published by Urbane Publications on April 14th 2016





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