Fools And Mortals by Bernard CornwellFools And Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

Fools And Mortals

byBernard Cornwell

Paperback | October 24, 2017

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A dramatic new departure for international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, FOOLS AND MORTALS takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era, long one of his favourite periods of British history.In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft and a silver tongue. Increasingly estranged from his brother as William's star rises, Richard's onetime gratitude is souring and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty.So when a priceless manuscript goes missing, suspicion falls upon Richard, forcing onto a perilous path through a bawdy and frequently brutal London. Entangles in a high-stakes game of duplicity and betrayal which threatens not only his career and potential fortune, but also the lives of his fellow players, Richard has to call on all he has now learned from the brightest stages and the darkest alleyways of the city. To avoid the gallows, he must play the role of a lifetime .Fools and Mortals is a richly portrayed tour de force with all Bernard Cornwell's hallmark storytelling and a remarkable cast of characters: you walk the streets, explore the palaces, experience the scandals, rivalries and fierce ambitions, and stand side-by-side with the men and women of Elizabethan London.
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his American wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote a novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South Carolina.
Title:Fools And MortalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pagesPublished:October 24, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007504128

ISBN - 13:9780007504121

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Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very happy to have read it and I hope to read more
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a tale of ambition, rivalry, betrayal, and a high-stakes theft. 4.5 stars!!! Upon reading his new novel, Fools and Mortals, one wonders why Bernard Cornwell has spent so much time writing about the Vikings when he was very clearly destined to write about Shakespeare and Elizabethan England. Cornwell brings the city to life, and invites us to live in it, to immerse ourselves in it, to walk the streets of London, to become another player on Shakespeare’s stage, and the effect is exhilarating! I loved that this book centred on the lesser known Shakespeare, William’s brother Richard. Though we see a lot of the great man himself, his younger brother is our hero. Set in the playhouses and streets of London, Fools and Mortals invites readers along on a tale of ambition, rivalry, betrayal, and a high-stakes theft. The characters are meticulously researched, and brilliantly well-rounded, not to mention that we see a new side of William Shakespeare through his relationship with his brother. I simply loved it. Shakespeare may be known as the best author in human history, but Cornwell is definitely a strong contender for the best author of all things Shakespearean! This is an extraordinary celebration of acting. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-10-16

Editorial 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'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, and a likeable hero' Philippa Gregory'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 MAILThe Times Saturday Review Book of the Month'Cornwell is an enthusiastic amateur dramatist. His portrayal of the actors' rivalries and superstitions is sharp and often funny. His combination of wit, adventure and deft characterisation is a triumphant departure from his usual territory' THE TIMES'Cornwell mixes the dark realities of history with pacy dialogue . vividly entertaining' DAILY EXPRESSPraise for Bernard Cornwell:'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own' SUNDAY TIMES'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