Mandragora - A Ribald and Irreverent Tale from the Italian Renaissance

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Add a conniving servant and his amoral master; a murderous priest and his homicidal sidekick; a beautiful but barren wife wed to an ancient attorney; and a potion brewed from Mandragora, a root alleged to help women conceive, and you have a prescription for pandemonium, for Mandragora possesses a fatal flaw: after a woman drinks the potion, her body becomes a temple of poison. What's a man to do? More

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About H.D. Greaves

How about a story, a joke, a quip, a witty remark? H.D. Greaves, who lives in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where he was born and raised, can give you all of those, as he does his good friends all the time. Indeed, he is well known for his outrageous sense of humour. Although he has travelled extensively, his island home has always held a special place in his heart. Now in his seventies, he continues to write new novels and short stories, as well as regaling his friends with his whimsical comments. He sings too! (To which his friends, with rolling eyes, say, "Oh, God, help us!")

Six of his books are now on Amazon Create Space Print on Demand hardcopy, for all readers who prefer holding a book in hand rather than reading ebooks via an ereader such as a Kindle or a Kobo or a Nook. These books can now be purchased in hardcopy through Amazon:

MANDRAGORA - A Ribald and Irreverent Tale from the Italian Renaissance, has, since its publication as an ebook on Smashwords, has gained thus far five excellent reviews (on Amazon/Kindle), as well as a fine critique on The Podler Review of Books. An outrageous satirical comedy, it continues to delight readers with its wit, sexual situations, and sleazy characters.

OF BLISS AND GRANTED WISHES - A True Story Told as a Novel, is about aging and an ageless love, and yes, it's all true.

THE NARRATIVE VOICE - Nine Intriguing Stories and a Novella: The Witch of Tabaquite, is proof that with perseverance (and not a little luck), it is never too late to create and to succeed.

POONKY DOODLES - A Novel of Growth and Survival.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE - Poems of Comedy and Tragedy, a book with a wide variety of poems

SEVEN PLAYS - A collection of plays - one acts, full-length epics, all suitable for all ages, comedies and melodramas.

Available on Smashwords are his plays as individual playscripts:

ATASCADERO! and INCIDENT IN A DUCKYARD are unusual adaptations of stories by Hans Christian Andersen.

Other plays are GNATWING! - A Farce for Clowns, THE FIREBIRD, DISAGREEMENT IN EDEN, and the ever popular RUMPLESTILZKIN.

H.D. is currently working on another novel: CLIZIA – A Tale of Scandalous Surprises, based on an Italian Renaissance comedy by Niccolò Machiavelli.

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Review by: Carol Berger on March 21, 2013 :
Well-written, clever, and humorous, with twists and turns when you least expect it. Greaves has done a wonderful job of turning what could have been a difficult to follow plot line into a readily understandable and delightful piece of prose that keeps you turning page after page to see what happens next, while marveling over the depths of vice and stupidity demonstrated by some of the well-fleshed out – in more than one way – characters. I highly recommend this Renaissance romp of a novel based on Machiavelli's play.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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