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Fools and Mortals - Bernard Cornwell

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Published: 23rd October 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.

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`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 MAIL

The 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 EXPRESS

Praise 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

Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944 - a 'warbaby' - whose father was a Canadian airman and mother in Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to a religious sect called the Peculiar People (and they were), but escaped to London University and, after a stint as a teacher, he joined BBC Television where he worked for the next 10 years. He began as a researcher on the Nationwide programme and ended as Head of Current Affairs Television for the BBC in Northern Ireland. It was while working in Belfast that he met Judy, a visiting American, and fell in love. Judy was unable to move to Britain for family reasons so Bernard went to the States where he was refused a Green Card. He decided to earn a living by writing, a job that did not need a permit from the US government - and for some years he had been wanting to write the adventures of a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars - and so the Sharpe series was born. Bernard and Judy married in 1980, are still married, still live in the States and he is still writing Sharpe.

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ISBN: 9780007504121
ISBN-10: 0007504128
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 23rd October 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.5