When Thomas Wavery arrives in Gibraltar on his way to take up his last posting as HM Consul General to Abyla, his passport is stolen by a barbary ape. Ignominy and shame have dogged his steps since he lost both the coveted Lisbon Embassy and his wife as a result of an affair with a younger woman.
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"He tells a story like an angel... Wonderful" ( Observer)
"A deeply satisfying book. I feel quite exceptionally inclined to read it all over again" (Rosemary Stoyle Literary Review)
"Shakespeare has completed a richly detailed, remarkably complete imaginary world" ( The Times)
"His lyricism is all his own and he raises his lovers to a plateau of passion where Greene never ventured" ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Wavery's story has a lyric simplicity and an emotional subtlety that are moving, involving and beautifully observed" ( Independent)
'Shakespeare must be praised for his energy, his always lucid presentation' IAN MORRISON, Independent on Sunday
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2713594