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Fools and Mortals

by Bernard Cornwell

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Modern and Contemporary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

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November 2017 Book of the Month

The title of course refers to Puck’s line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Lo what fools these mortals be!”.   It is a new period for Cornwell who is most famous for his Regency “Sharpe” series and more recently for the Viking Last Kingdom series.  This has less battles and bloodshed, more intrigue and infighting, as William Shakespeare’s younger brother struggles to survive as an actor amid the squalor and splendour of Elizabethan London.  He wants to grow up and “take men’s parts” in the plays but his youth and good looks keep seeing him cast as a girl, a dilemma peculiar to the period.  I love Cornwell’s writing.  His detail and characterisation well deserve the praise they so often receive.  As I said this book is less bloody than many of his others.  It is also set in a period more familiar to lovers of historical novels.  It is wonderfully well-written and a must for his fans.  

Sarah Broadhurst

Fools and Mortals Synopsis

Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal. Showcasing his renowned storyteller's skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue.

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Fools and Mortals Press Reviews

Praise for Bernard Cornwell:

Like Game of Thrones, but real    OBSERVER 

Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles   THE TIMES   

Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own   SUNDAY TIMES  

A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined  WASHINGTON POST   

The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive   George R .R. Martin

Cornwell draws a fascinating picture of England as it might have been before anything like England existed  THE TIMES   

He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that   TELEGRAPH

A reminder of just how good a writer he is   SUNDAY TIMES 

Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell   Lee Child

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ISBN: 9780007504145
Publication date: 19/04/2018
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007504114
Publication date: 19/10/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007504114
Publication date: 19th October 2017
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,

About Bernard Cornwell

Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up ...

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