During the last two weeks I have ravenously devoured the entire Saxon series. I must say I haven't been that enamored of a series in quite some time. Wonderful writing, superb characters. I cannot wait for the next book. Thank you :)
bring starback back.
Have just finished re-reading (5th or 6th time) 'The Bloody Ground' and, as always, I am left with the feeling that there are a few loose ends which really do need tying off. The main one, of course, is when (and how) is Billy Blythe going to get his come-uppance?
I mean, you do such a wonderful job creating your scoundrels that your readers inevitably develop an intense interest in knowing just how they eventually meet their end - at least, this reader does. For example, I experienced considerable (vicarious) satisfaction when fate finally caught up with Obediah Hakeswill even though I know you regret killing him off.
I realise, of course, that Starbuck and the American Civil War presents a vast canvas and it is unlikely (through your pen) that we will ever see Starbuck make it to 1865. But please, one more campaign, Gettysburg perhaps. Seems a fitting place for the dastardly Blythe to meet his end.
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I know you do not know when the next Starbuck book will be published (or even written), but do you think you could give your readers at least two months notice of publication as I for one will have to re-read all four of them again. I find, as with most people, that as I get older my memory is not quite as good as it was.
I have read and enjoyed most of your books but please please let us have another Starbuck soon.
I think you would get a least a two month notice.
Dear Mr Cornwell
I have read, I think, all your books with great pleasure and have just finished The Pagan Lord.
Could I just suggest, tactfully, that it is probably time to bring Uhtred’s story to its conclusion?
Looking forward to the next one.
The last few days have been amazing for the traits in some of the heroic characters you have created have suddenly burst to the surface of my awareness. Even though I am an aging female I am beginning to feel the stirrings of a strength that I know to be quite masculine. I must admit that some part of me has always been aware of this inner masculinity but I have never owned it before because I felt ashamed of such stirrings, but now the authority within your writing has acted as some type of release which has enabled me to accept this hidden part of me. This is me....this is who I am....but also I am a mother, a grandmother! A sensitive caring female – all in the same body - isn't this remarkable? These soft, caring attitudes are in some of your heroes and I feel this a vital aspect of your writing for you have managed to bring to life a soldier who is both tender and loving while being fiercely courageous. He loves, and he kills. This does not fit within the stereo type of
present day behaviour; our identities, our fixed roles, our politically correct behaviour are all conditioned responses, taught to us from childhood.
It is not the killing that I admire – in fact I still loathe the sight and sound of battle - it is the essence of a man who will face all kinds of abominations because of his ethical courage and his sense honour. This is the essence that I am responding to. My feelings as I think about your fictitious heroes are quite ambiguous for they are not the normal romantic dreams of an infatuated female, they are not lusting for him but lusting to be him. It is as if your books have awakened a sleeping part of me....not able to show its face until I understood the magnitude of the layering within in the human psyche. Although delightfully addictive, it is adding to my confusion about human sexuality and the close association with reincarnation and the mystical life that shimmers just below the surface of this reality. If we live many lives then I have a memory of being a Roman Centurion in the 1st century England. Seems much of what is within each of us is hidden from the conscious
mind so revelations about other dream-lives existing behind this life are exciting. If there are missing pieces within me, then this must be so for everybody?
Later. The timing is impeccable, for last night as I was grappling with this confused though delightful identity crisis, I watched Australian Story on the ABC (Australian TV). It gave an account of a soldier who has also been a writer and a politician but who now works as an aid to the head of the Military in Canberra. He was courageous and intelligent, wielding a great deal of power, yet he was unhappy in his male body so eventually he changed - and showing the same courage - he has become a woman - a women who now feels very happy within this new identity. Maybe this Australian is also balancing out his/her mystical life in this extremely physical way? Maybe your ability capture the essential nature of these courageous men of honour also stems from past memory? This amazing story has come to me just as I am beginning to taste some type of masculine expression but the synchronisity is not really a surprise for it often happens, but it has made my personal insights even more
confused. His experience is not mine, for I have no want or desire to change gender. This is why the concept of androgyny comes to mind. Maybe it is what we are all seeking, a balance within between gender duality?
I see that we were born in the same era. I was born in 1938 in Australia, far from the battles that you write about, but of course the diabolical history laying in our records is waiting to be told.
I am also a writer, although words seems to have dried up over the past few years and I offer thanks for your work.
Thank you for that interesting and thought-provoking message! Seems to me your words as a writer must be coming back.
Regarding 'The Fort'
Brilliant. It is nothing short of amazing that this little footnote to American history has not been covered before. The incompetence of Saltonstall and arrogance of Revere was truly astonishing.
I spent a July in Castine and visited Ft George but did not truly appreciate the history behind it. And, in July, the fog came in every day virtually obscuring the Waldo-Hancock Bridge.
I am a history buff and real fan of all your novels and eagerly await the next.
I also just finished The Pagan Lord and hope the next one in sequence comes soon.
Dear Mr Cornwell,
Having read more than 30 of your books, I think all but the last two and one or two of the "Thrillers", I believe the main underlying theme is to demystify religion while describing at the same time historical-cultural aspects of the UK across time. Your very generous spirit makes the books imminently readable. Your historical accounts make the times learnable. Your unending action makes the books exciting. But most of all your blending of religion as an everyday part of life makes the stories profound. The books were perhaps the best part of my last 8 years of living in Cardiff, Wales, having now returned closer to my birthplace in the US Midwest as an Economics professor.
Hello Mr. Cornwell,
I'm just writing to tell you how much I enjoy your novels. I am currently living abroad, but feel at home when I'm reading one of your books. Your characters inspire me to be brave and adventurous and independent! I also love how I can justify the amount of time I spend reading your stories because of how many historically accurate details are in them.
Thank you for being so awesome.
of Toronto, Canada
currently in Hong Kong
Thank you. I hope you are enjoying your time in Hong Kong!
Some years ago I was a dissident director at a defense firm and referred to a fellow director as being "as useless as tits on a broom." I was very proud of this apt turn of phrase. A few months later, re-reading one of the Sharpes, I discovered I'd stolen the line. It was too late to give credit. But a belated thank you. I've read many, many of your novels with enormous pleasure; that's where the real thank you is due. No reply needed. Best wishes.
John C. Boland
Noticed an early post asking about a set of Sharpe books as a series and your response
"It may be possible to buy the series as a set some day - but that's not likely to happen until the series is complete and it's not finished yet!"
Just for interest/information, a few years ago I came across the "India" set of Sharpe books as a box set in Tescos. Not sure if still available, but at least it would be a start
Truly enjoy your books (although I haven't read most of the Sharpe or Starbuck series- just couldn't get as excited). They have helped me to understand important elements of our Anglo-Saxon heritage. Just finished Pagan Lord. I got a kick out of the visit to Buxton. My family name comes from the hamlet of Fernilee, which, as you know, is just north of Buxton. The missionary Paulinius put up a Celtic cross around 632 AD on the border between Derbyshire and Cheshire and overlooking the river Goyt. According to the family legend, the Saxons felt the cross looked like a shackle and those who lived in the area became known as Skakelcross which was later corrupted to Shallcross among several variations. Although my ancestors have lived in the US since the early 1700's, I recently had the wonderful experience of riding a bike over the Roman road between the two towns and felt a wonderful connection to the area. The current farms look like they could have been around back then.
Looking forward to your next novel. If you ever come over to Martha's Vineyard, my wife and I would love to say hello.