This week’s Book of the Week is Charles Nicholl’s ‘The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street’. It’s a fascinating account of Shakespeare at 40, when he wrote Othello and King Lear, lived with a family of French immigrants, and collaborated with a playwriting brothel-keeper. You can order it from the Globe shop here.

Here’s what the critics say about Nicholl’s book:

‘Part biography, part detective story, Nicholl’s latest work ranks among the finest books ever written about Shakespeare’s life’
James Shapiro, Guardian

‘Not only the best kind of detective story, but also one of the most rewarding books of the year’
Daily Telegraph

‘Throws a new light on the man who was both a universal genius and just like us’
Sunday Times, Books of the Year

‘The real excitement lies in the sense we get of Shakespeare himself’
Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

‘The most absorbing work of Shakespearean biography I have ever read … he ranimates his subject’s world with a vividness and intensity that is almost impossible to achieve’
Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph

Let us know what you thought. Share with us your own reviews in the comments below.

Look out every Friday for our weekly feature on particularly noteworthy and memorable Shakespeare books, available from the Globe Shop

The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street is available for £8.99 in the Globe shop.