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. 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.
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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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

'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 TIMESPraise 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