biographer . broadcaster . ecocritic . Shakespearean .

OUT NOW IN THE UK: a “bibliomemoir” – Mad about Shakespeare – and the revised Second Edition of the RSC Shakespeare Complete Works. Forthcoming soon in the USA.

Mad about Shakespeare … ranges elegantly over a range of literary figures … a very readable account of the thrill of discovering literature … a touchingly reticent and romantic book” (Literary Review) “We get wisdom here, not rules” (The Tablet)

BRIGHT STAR, GREEN LIGHT: THE BEAUTIFUL WORKS AND DAMNED LIVES OF JOHN KEATS AND F. SCOTT FITZGERALD is now available in the UK and the USA. “Go now, read this book” [The Guardian]

RADICAL WORDSWORTH (William Collins UK); USA edition (Yale UP). WINNER OF THE LAKELAND BOOK AWARDS BOOKENDS PRIZE FOR LITERATURE. Now in paperback in the UK. “This excellent, intellectually rousing book” [The Times] … “deserves to take its place as the finest modern introduction to his work, life and impact. It shows how and why Wordsworth made a difference” [Financial Times] … “like everything Bate writes, richly repays reading, and bears comparison with his pioneering life of Ted Hughes” [John Carey, Sunday Times]

How the Classics made Shakespeare, now in paperback from Princeton University Press: “A model of sensitively marshaled humanist learning and thoughtful appreciation … deserves an accolade too seldom awarded to academic works: Besides being eminently readable, it proffers illuminating observations and facts on every page” [Michael Dirda, Washington Post]

Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, winner of the Biographers International Organization 2015 Award for Excellence in Biography & runner-up for the Samuel Johnson Prize: “Remarkable … one of the very best biographies in years” [Joyce Carol Oates]

The Arden Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus, revised edition, now available, with a new introduction.

The Shepherd’s Hut: Poems by Jonathan Bate, illustrated by Emma Bridgewater, now available.

“One of the great modern Shakespeare scholars”

(New York Review of Books)