2023

BOOK OF THE YEAR

2nd Runner-Up

Historical Fiction Co

AWARDS:

2023

AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR
GOLD MEDAL WINNER 

Historical Fiction Co

2023
BEST NEW AUTHOR

Audio Book

Reviewer’s Award

SHORTLISTED

Flash 500

Novel Opening 

Competition

SHORTLISTED

Chanticleer

Mystery & Mayhem

Awards

5-STARS

Readers’ Favorite

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     AWARD-WINNING NOVEL.

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In 1624 London, a brave printer is executed, a portly poet is kidnapped, a Stratford-upon-Avon grave is emptied, King James is put into a panic, many swashes are buckled, and things are never as they seem, all because brave Nicholas and clever Valentina are about to discover and reveal the true identity of “William Shake-speare.”

This is a timely tale that touches on the powerful love of fathers, the perils of the plague, the joys of turnips, and the mysterious life and tragic death of the Bard of Avon. It is a (mostly) true story filled with suspense and humor.


Available in paperback, ebook & audiobook 

narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi.

Contempo Publishing.

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see & hear Chapter 1 narrated by

Sir Derek Jacobi.

“A joy to read. A beautiful story.” 

- Sir Derek Jacobi, award-winning actor


“Roll over Harry Potter! … a laugh riot!” 

- William Niederkorn, The New York Times


“Marvelously amusing, deeply passionate, and brilliantly entertaining.” 

- Steve Cuden, Co-creator, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical


“Wit, intrigue, mystery, passion and literary magic! It’s a great romp.” 

- Paul Nicholson, Exec Director Emeritus, Oregon Shakespeare Festival


“Poetic, humorous, shockingly original and controversial.” 

- Malcolm McKay, director, Shakespeare’s Globe & RADA


“So Shakespearean in its storytelling, language and humor.” 

- Robin Maxwell, bestselling author of

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn


“Shrewd surprises, wry humor and historical detail.” 

- Michael Kinghorn, former Literary Manager, Guthrie Theater


Online Reviews:

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PAPERBACK:

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EBOOK:

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For questions: therondestro@gmail.com

On the shelves at Barnes & Noble, Daytona Beach.

Comments on the Audiobook

narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi.


“Ron Destro’s narrator is endowed with consistently ingenious dialect, and Derek Jacobi has a field day in the audiobook exercising his sublime elocutions on the clever word bending.”

- William Niederkorn, The New York Times


“It is rare that the audiobook’s reader, Sir Derek Jacobi, is not so much narrating the story as offering a full blown comedic-dramatic performance, sending author Ron Destro’s delightful characters and breakneck plot exploding from the earphones. It is a match made in Heaven.”

- Robin Maxwell, bestselling author of

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

Also from Ron Destro….

The great masters reveal their secrets to acting Shakespeare in

The Shakespeare Masterclasses

Featuring

Glenda Jackson, F Murray Abraham, Jeremy Irons,

Diana Rigg, Michael York, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi,

John Barton,  Malcolm McKay, Tim Pigott-Smith,

Cicely Berry, Ron Cook, Priyanga Burford.


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A joy to read!
Sir Derek Jacobi


Roll over, Harry Potter!

Wm Niederkorn, New York Times


Marvelously amusing… deeply passionate… 

brilliantly entertaining!

Steve Cuden, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical