BOOK REVIEW: Nicholas Shakespeare “Inheritance”

book cover of   Inheritance   by  Nicholas Shakespeare Publisher: Harvill Secker
Release Date: 15th July 2010

“What would you do if you suddenly inherited £17,000,000?” is a question that is often thought about in some shape or form, especially in these days of lottery and online gambling. With the current economic climate, it is definitely nice to dream.  I would travel, buy a house, new car, all the predictable purchases. But what if the money only came to be yours because you happened, completely by chance, to end up in the wrong chapel, as an “Attender” of the wrong funeral, instantly entitling you to a share of the estate of a gentleman you had never even met?

This is the premise for the latest novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Shakespeare, and from the offset you are instantly drawn into Andy Larkham’s world. Down on his luck with a dead end job, and dumped by his fiance, you can’t help but feel that he is in need of some good fortune.

The reader follows Andy as he stumbles through life without and then with money, finding that being rich does not necessarily equal fulfilled and happy.

It is when Andy finally comes to the decision to find out about his mysterious benefactor that the true immersion of the reader begins. Andy’s life is just the prelude and backdrop for us to learn about the “Trials of Christopher Madigan”. We are took on a journey not only of distance but of life itself. It is a tale of love, betrayal, and adversity. Madigan/Makertich’s is a story that is tinged with sorrow and regret, told with absolute sensitivity to the historical backdrop around which his life is based.

Nicholas Shakespeare does not disappoint with his latest offering. The Times calls him “one of our best and truest novelists”, a statement to which I wholeheartedly agree. Inheritance is one of those rare finds, a mesmerising read that you will not be able to put down until you have turned the very last page.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Kim Harrell

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