I love Peter Ackroyd: “I can’t think of many novelists who are modest about their claims. There’s a rule of thumb in which the more grandiose their assertions the less accomplished they are. Some of them make me want to throw up. Their vanity, their self-concern, their ignorance. You’d think the world was born the day they were born.” Much more like this in the recent Independent interview.
Peter Ackroyd’s Shakespeare: The Biography is already available on Amazon, and I’d dearly love a review copy.