Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
"New York Times"-bestselling author Cornwell makes a dramatic departure with this enthralling standalone novel that tells the story of the first production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"--as related by William Shakespeare's estranged younger brother.over.
`A cracking novel ... the atmosphere and intrigues of this dangerous time are vividly realised. A smash hit' The Times `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' 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 `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 `Fools and Mortals is a delight. Witty and knowledgeable in its evocation of Shakespearean London ... highly enjoyable' BBC History Magazine 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 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 `He's called a master storyteller. Really he's cleverer than that' Telegraph `Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell' Lee Child
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.