Off the Shelves – July 19


The following items are available at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. For more information on the library’s collection or to reserve a title, visit

Adult Fiction

“Fools and Mortals,” by Bernard Cornwell

In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft and a silver tongue. As William’s star rises, Richard, who was once grateful, is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty. So when a priceless manuscript goes missing, suspicion falls upon Richard, forcing him into hiding in bawdy and frequently brutal London. Entangled in a game of duplicity and betrayal which threatens not only his career and potential fortune, but also the lives of his fellow players, Richard has to call on all he has learned from the brightest stages and the darkest alleyways of the city. To avoid the gallows, he must play the part of a lifetime.

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Adult Nonfiction

“In Full Flight: a story of Africa and atonement,” by John Hemingway

Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of 50 years. As a member of the Flying Doctors Service, Spoerry learned how to fly a plane at the age of 45 and earned herself the nickname, “Mama Daktari” –Mother Doctor — from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in this comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry’s selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission and personal decisions that earned her another nickname — this one sinister — working as a “doctor” in a Nazi concentration camp.