Is discretion the better part of valour, or does conscience make cowards of us all? Are these our salad days, or is this the winter of our discontent? Exploring the entire works of William Shakespeare, this book brings the language, themes, plots and characters of his plays and sonnets to life. Written in plain English, The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the playwright's works, covering the complete canon from the Comedy of Errors to the great tragedies of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Whether you are new to the poetry and prose of Shakespeare, and in need of a guide through the complex plots and unfamiliar language, or looking for a fresh perspective on his well-loved plays and sonnets, this book will shed light on the work of one of world literature's greatest figures.