Shakespeare’s Kings and Heroines
August 24, 2015

Hello, Maria here with my recommended Touch to See book in celebration of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare is surrounded by a sea of different interpretations and re-imaginings. This Touch to See Book Club title includes The Flower Portrait by an Unknown Artist, Jeremy Irons on stage in Richard II and Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais and helps to shed light on a fascinating subject.

This book has a fascinating audio script read by the wonderful Sir Derek Jacobi.  Founder of Living Paintings, Alison Oldland, can also be heard discussing what we know about Shakespeare’s life – where he was born and died, where he worked, and who he married. What becomes clear in the soundtrack is how little we know for certain about Shakespeare’s life.

Shakespeare The Flower

There is also a wonderful, detailed tactile image of Jeremy Irons playing Richard II in a 1986 interpretation by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Jeremy Irons

The third image takes us to the water’s edge to study ‘Ophelia’, a beautiful Pre-Raphaelite painting depicting the sad heroine in Shakespeare’s tragic play, Hamlet.


The book has been much enjoyed by Clubs who have already borrowed it.  One review said: ” The thermoforms are excellent and the narrators are very clear even for those members who are hard of hearing”.

So don’t delay, borrow your copy of Shakespeare’s Kings and Heroines today!

Bye for now…


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