The true story of how a quiet 19-year-old clerk named William-Henry Ireland almost pulled off the greatest literary hoax of all time. . . .


“An unforgettable story,beautifully told.”
–Jon Spence,author of Becoming Jane Austen

“It’s the Catch Me If You Can of 18th-century London.”
New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder

“Reads like a Shakespeare plot in its own right.”
–Gail Kern Paster,Director,Folger Shakespeare Library

“I loved it.”
–Clifford Irving,author of The Hoax