The Lambs of London, despite the title, is mostly about Ireland his foregery of Shakespeare's plays. It is not a boring book, but there is something lacking in it. At times the writer feels one step removed from some of the characters, in particular Mary Lamb who disappers for a section of the novel. The real focus of the novel is William Ireland and his relationship with his father. Ackroyd does an excellent job there showing how the family works. The title, however, is extremely misleading. Ackroyd does start out focusing on the Lamb family, making an excellent character of Mary and focusing on her thoughts and feelings. Later in the book, however, it seems that Ackroyd found Ireland far more interesting.