Fools and Mortals

by Bernard Cornwell

Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense UK Top 10 books

Fools and Mortals Synopsis

`With all the vivid history that is his trademark, Bernard Cornwell transports the readers to the playhouses, backstreets and palaces of Shakespeare's London with added depth and compassion' Philippa Gregory In the heart of Elizabethan England, young Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in the London playhouses, dominated by his older brother, William. But as a penniless actor with a silver tongue, Richard's onetime gratitude begins to sour, as does his family loyalty. So it is that Richard falls under suspicion when a priceless manuscript goes missing, forcing him into a high-stakes game of duplicity and betrayal, and through the darkest alleyways of the city. In this richly portrayed tour de force, Fools and Mortals takes you among the streets and palaces, scandals and rivalries, and lets you stand side-by-side with the men and women of Bernard Cornwell's masterful Elizabethan London.

Fools and Mortals Press Reviews

'Sharp and funny ... His combination of wit, adventure and deft characterisation succeeds triumphantly' - THE TIMES

'Fools and Mortals is a delight. Witty and knowledgeable in its evocation of Shakespearean London ... highly enjoyable' - BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

'Cornwell not only succeeds in creating an engaging story, but also in celebrating the difficulties and delights, at any time in history, of putting on a show' - THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Cornwell leads us effortlessly through palaces and playhouses with the skill of a master storyteller who loves this period of history' - DAILY EXPRESS

'A cracking novel ... the atmosphere and intrigues of this dangerous time are vividly realised. A smash hit' - THE TIMES

'Story and characters crackle off the page as do the stink and violence of Elizabethan London. The author of the Sharpe and Last Kingdom bestsellers has pulled off a surprise for his readers - and a terrific one at that'  - Elizabeth Buchan, DAILY MAIL


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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007504145
Publication date: 19th April 2018
Author: Bernard Cornwell
Publisher:
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense, UK Top 10,
Categories: Historical fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

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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