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August 6, 2010

Behind Celia Rees's THE FOOL'S GIRL

Posted by Marisa Emralino

Celia Rees's latest novel, THE FOOL'S GIRL, is an inventive and original twist on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. But rather than presenting you with a formulaic sequel to the classic play, Celia enlivens the story by incorporating the old Bard himself, as Violetta and Feste enlist his help in recovering an important religious relic stolen by the insidious Malvolio as part of his plan to assassinate the Queen.

In the video below, Celia visits Shakespeare’s house in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon to discuss how an impromptu student performance of Twelfth Night became her inspiration and catalyst for THE FOOL’S GIRL. She also reads an excerpt from the book, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to flip through its pages yet, make sure to check it out!