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  • Sphere
  • Hachette Audio
  • Orbit

Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A bawdy Shakespearean romp from the brilliant author of Lamb.

A man of infinite jest, Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years, from the time the king's grown daughters - selfish, scheming Goneril, sadistic but hot Regan, and sweet, loyal Cordelia - were mere girls. So he can see trouble brewing when Lear demands that his kids swear their undying love and devotion before a collection of assembled guests. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia's blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

The only person who can possibly make things right is Pocket, who has already managed to sidestep catastrophe on numerous occasions, using his razor-sharp mind, rapier wit and the equally well-honed daggers he keeps conveniently hidden behind his back. He's going to have to do some very fancy maneuvering - cast some spells, incite a few assassinations, start a war or two (the usual stuff) - and shag every lusciously shaggable wench who's amenable along the way. Pocket may be a fool . . . but he's definitely not an idiot.

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Praise for Fool

  • 'There's more murder, mayhem, mistaken identities and scene changes than you can remember, but bestselling Moore turns things on their head with an edgy 21st-century perspective that makes the story line as sharp, surly and slick as a game of Grand Theft Auto' Publishers Weekly

  • 'Wall-to-wall, farcical fornicating and fighting...a jolly good time can be had' Booklist

  • 'Wretched excess doth have power to charm, and there are great reeking oodles of it strewn throughout these irreverent pages' Kirkus Reviews

  • 'Funny, literate, smart and sexy, all at once!' Jeff Lindsay (Dexter)

  • '[Moore's] version of Shakespeare s Fool, who accompanies Lear on his slide from paternal arrogance to spiritual desolation in the original text, simultaneously honors and imaginatively enriches the character' San Francisco Chronicle

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