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Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold - Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold - Anne Tyler

Title: Vinegar Girl

Author:  Anne Tyler

ISBN:  9781781090183

Weight:  615g

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

‘You can’t get around Kate Battista as easily as all that’

Kate Battista is feeling stuck.  How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny?  Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but the adults don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr Battista has other problems.  After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough.  His research could help millions.  There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported.  And without Pyotr…

When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him.  Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much.  But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round?

Anne Tyler’s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man.  The answer is as individual, off-beat and funny as Kate herself.

Peer & Press Reviews

Tyler is uniquely capable of handling a rebarbative character like Kate with generosity and imagination… she consistently finds good in unpromising people and is a sharp and very funny observer of day-to-day life. […] A joy.

Elspeth Barker, Literary Review

I loved Kate and Pyotr and the way they discover the oversized, tender, irreverent relationship that fits them…  It is joyful.

Rachel Joyce

Everyone from Margaret Atwood to Howard Jacobson is reimagining Shakespeare in fiction this year.  Tyler’s take on The Taming of the Shrew looks to be the highlight.

Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Vinegar Girl
Sub title: The Taming of the Shrew Retold
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

The Hogarth Shakespeare series is a major international project that will see Shakespeare’s plays reimagined by some of today’s bestselling and most celebrated writers.  The books will be true to the spirit of the original plays, while giving authors an exciting opportunity to do something new.

The first book in the series, published October 2015, was The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s retelling of The Winter’s Tale.

Three books are due for publication in 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death…

  • Shylock is My Name (The Merchant of Venice) – Howard Jacobson
  • Vinegar Girl (The Taming of the Shrew) – Anne Tyler
  • Hag-Seed (The Tempest) – Margaret Atwood

Tracy Chevalier’s Othello, Gillian Flynn’s Hamlet, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth and Edward St Aubyn’s King Lear will follow in due course.

Series: Hogarth Shakespeare – book 3
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Hogarth
Media adaptation: BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime (ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon - Fri at 10:45pm, starting 13 June 2016)
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781781090183
ISBN 10: 1781090181
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 233
Size (h x w x d): 224 x 143 x 26mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Michael Lionstar
Jacket image: Peony from the John Reeves Collection of Botanical Drawings from Canton, China © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

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