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30 January 2013


Exciting news! Sceptre have published a début novel-in-verse which promises to put an end to one of the greatest literary mysteries, that of whether playwright Christopher Marlowe wrote Shakespeare's plays.
Publishing director Carole Welch bought world rights to The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber from historical fiction specialist Rupert Heath. The book looks at the controversial life and death of Elizabethan poet, spy and heretic Marlowe, and answers the question of whether he died in a tavern brawl in 1593, or whether he lived on and wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare.
Welch described it as "one of the most unusual and exciting débuts to have crossed my desk in years," and said the work was "as vibrant, gripping and clever as a work by Marlowe himself. It's an astonishing ­achievement."
Barber has written three poetry collections, with her latest, Material, published by Anvil in 2008. Her short fiction has been published by Bloomsbury and Serpent's Tail. Infact the Marlowe Papers won the 2011 Hoffman Prize even before it was published this year in 2012. And with signed books already fetching £100 on AbeBooks this is set to be an all time classic!
Each first edition first printing has been signed and doodled by Ros Barber and they are exclusive for Doodled Books collectors!
These are the last few signed books in stock so don't miss out!  

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