It's 1610 and Jacobean London is full of dangers, from the plague to plots and revolutions.For William Shakespeare, life has taken an unexpected turn: one that will transform his writing. Haunted by a familiar spirit, he is urged to include more and more paranormal events and characters in his work.Meanwhile, Ned Lambert, a young player in Shakespeare's company, The King's Men, is having inexplicable experiences of his own, with a beautiful and elusive woman in green who is not of this world. Now a man on and off stage, Ned is caught between fears and temptations. The poet is his friend, as is the popular young Prince of Wales, but is the mysterious woman he sees friend or foe?
Mary Hoffman has written well over a hundred published books including the internationally successful Stravaganza sequence, published in 30 foreign languages. Her YA novels have been shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and Costa Children's Book Awards; The Falconer's Knot also won the Prix Polar in its French translation, Crime Rouge.Mary lives in Oxfordshire.