The Fool's Girl

The Fool's Girl

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Violetta and Feste have come to London to rescue the holy relics taken from the church in Illyria by the evil Malvolio. Their journey has been long and their adventures many, but it is not until they meet the playwright William Shakespeare that they get to tell the entire story from beginning to end! But where will this remarkable tale ultimately lead Violetta and her companion? And will they manage to save themselves, and the relics from the very evil intentions of Malvolio?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 353g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747597324
  • 9780747597322
  • 1,389,771

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'The lushly romantic story is very involving and always enjoyable, and it's packed with wonderfully evocative details' Guardian 'Ambitious, clever and compelling ... Rees's imagination makes her gloriously unpredictable' The Times 'A sophisticated, compelling novel about creativity, sexual ambiguity and cunning. It should be required reading for readers of 13+ studying the play' The Times 'Fast and gripping ... The writing is faithful to the period and the depiction of Shakespeare reads authentically' Bookfestshow more

About Celia Rees

Celia Rees lives in Leamington Spa where she writes her novels. She has been shortlisted for both the Guardian and the Whitbread Children's fiction awards. Her novels have been translated into over 20 more

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1,249 ratings
3.37 out of 5 stars
5 18% (221)
4 27% (334)
3 35% (437)
2 16% (202)
1 4% (55)

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Review: To make life easier I'll break this review into two sections: what I liked and what I didn't like. What I liked: I enjoyed the the relationship between the Fool and the Fool's Girl, or Feste and Violetta. It took me a while to truly understand what exact type of relationship they had going but when I had pieced the clues together and faced up to the facts I enjoyed their time together. Relationships in a novel are important, they can make or break the novel; but this one is definitely on the plus side. What I didn't like: First of all, I didn't like the fact that William Shakespeare was a main character in the novel. This idea, I believe, is over done. Cerlia writes, in her Authors Note, that in the past she has avoided using real historical figures up until now but because so much of Shakespeare's life is undocumented this exception still rings true. The problem is, I don't agree. My preconceived ideas about who Shakespeare was influenced my reading of the book and I found I could not believe in Cerlia's interpretation at all. It was like watching the movie interpretation of a much loved book; the actors will never live up to the characters in your more
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