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'Fools and Mortals' finds Shakespeare's brother taking center stage

Given his penchant for historical fiction and his freakish productivity – this is his 54th novel – it was only a matter of time until bestselling writer Bernard Cornwell got around to Shakespeare, and in his new book Fools and Mortals, he does just that … but it's not playwright William but his younger brother Richard who's the star of the story. 

"Fools and Mortals" stars Richard as a struggling actor, better-looking than his older brother

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