Elspeth Barker

Kiss Me, Katya

Vinegar Girl

By Anne Tyler

Hogarth Shakespeare 233pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

Vinegar Girl, Anne Tyler’s version of The Taming of the Shrew, comes third in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which novelists retell eight of Shakespeare’s plays. The accepted question at the labyrinthine heart of The Taming of the Shrew is how Petruchio will persuade Katherina, well known to be a shrew, wildcat and fiend of hell, to marry him. His unflinching interest in her is entirely mercenary: ‘I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;/if wealthily, then happily in Padua.’ 

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