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Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

July 28, 2017

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.


Published 19th October 2017 | Hardback | 9780007504114 | RRP £20

If you’re a bookseller in the UK or Ireland and you’d like an advance reading copy of Fools and Mortals, please send your request, along with your name and bookshop address, to Ammara at independentthinking@harpercollins.co.uk.

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