Huge excitement here at Ocelot Press as The Ghostly Father, Sue Barnard’s wonderful rewriting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is launched in audiobook format! This is the first – but certainly not the last – of the Ocelot list to become an audiobook, and more will follow soon.
In the meantime, you can now listen to The Ghostly Father in the car, on the train, while you’re doing household or gardening tasks, or even in the bath (but be careful not to drop it in the water!). The possibilities are endless.
If you haven’t already come across this lovely story, here’s the description:
Think you know the world’s most famous love story? Think again. What if the story of Romeo and Juliet really happened – but not quite in the way we’ve all been told?
This part-prequel, part-sequel to the original tale, told from the point of view of the Friar, tells how an ancient Italian manuscript reveals secrets and lies which have remained hidden for hundreds of years, and casts new doubts on the official story of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers.
If you love the Romeo and Juliet story but are disappointed with the way it ended, this is the book for you.
The Ghostly Father has two narrators: Danielle Cohen, a rising star in the audiobook narration world, who can master an amazing range of accents; and Philip Rose, a voice actor with long experience in voice-overs and audiobook narration.
You have a treat in store!
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Today it’s my turn to introduce the character who will feature in my part of the Ocelot blog hop. Dear readers, meet Fra’ Lorenzo, whom some of you may already know as Friar Lawrence.
Over the years I’ve seen many different performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, on film and on the stage, and on each occasion I’ve been increasingly fascinated by the character of the Friar. His actions are, to say the least of it, unorthodox. Not only does he devise an elaborate and ingenious deception to help save a desperate young woman from an unwanted arranged marriage, he also helps a convicted killer to escape justice.
Why would a man of God, who has taken vows of poverty, chastity and (particularly) obedience, behave in such a way?
Clearly there is much more to this man than first meets the eye. Where did he come from originally? Why did he become a Friar? What happened to him before he took holy orders? And (perhaps most intriguing) how did he know about the sleeping potion, and why did he conveniently have a supply of it to hand when it was needed?
By giving the Friar what I hope is an interesting and thought-provoking backstory, I’ve tried to offer some possible answers. His story is told in my novel The Ghostly Father, which is set mostly in late 15th/early 16th-century Venice and Verona.
Fra’ Lorenzo will be interviewed here on the Ocelot blog on Tuesday 5 November. In the meantime, here is a portrait of him tending his herbs, drawn by my dear friend Kay Sluterbeck.
“… Never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo…”
Ocelot Press author Sue Barnard writes:
It’s almost forty years since I first saw Franco Zeffirelli’s wonderful 1968 film of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. There wasn’t a dry eye in the cinema at the end, and I came away thinking: This is the world’s greatest love story – so why does it have to end so badly? Continue reading “No More Woe for Juliet and her Romeo? The Ghostly Father Joins Ocelot Press”