A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. There has been a veritable tsunami of new titles issued by publishers to celebrate (or exploit) Shakespeare's 400th anniversary; at least we appear to have been spared a Hamlet, Detective or a series featuring Shakespeare as an Elizabethan sleuth (or maybe I should copyright those ideas?). But this collection of interlocking novellas set in the fantasy world of the Bard and featuring some of his more endearing characters is a surefire winner. Revel in the new, hitherto untold adventures of Puck, Miranda, Prospero, Helena and other timeless favourites in the domain of fairies, witches, real magic and phantasmagorical potions from the enchanted pens and minds of Emma Newman, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jonathan Barnes and others. It will make you want to revisit the actual plays and marvel at how the authors have revived what might have happened between the lines. Ingenious and alluring.