I enjoy reading your Last Kingdom books,I understand that you use real names as well as ficticious names etc.Our Village Rainworth in Nottinghamshire was in 617 AD,the scene of a real battle, between the Romans and Ethelfrith the King of Mercia,where the Kings Son was killed by the Romans. Hence the start of our Village,first called Reaheres Wath, and now Rainworth.You can find this story on Wikipedia,by typing Rainworth,Notts.Thank you for your cracking books.
I have just finished The Empty Throne and I am loving the Last Kingdom series. Thanks for this wonderful story.
Sharpe is back!!
..... about time...excellent!!
I just followed the link on your website and read your advice to aspiring, first-time authors. Brilliant, helpful, encouraging, and self effacing as only someone with your background could be. A best-selling author and you are still as humble as pie.
Had I read your piece several years sooner, not only would my confidence have been goosed, but the obvious shortcomings contained within my initial foray into being a writer might have been avoided. (As your agent said, thus I still worry, that “It must be a f***ing awful book.”
Actually, I don’t think it is completely awful, even though I still have the thin skin of a novice. But it would benefit from a thorough and shameless editing. At this point, however, I think I have moved on. Live and learn.
All this to say that I appreciated your essay.
I fell in love with Mr. Sharpe after discovering the TV series and always promised myself that I would read the books, but getting them in chronological rather than published order was my first task.
This proved easier than I had imagined and I received the first five for my birthday in March. I understand that authors must receive gushing, sycophantic letters all the time so all I will say is thank you for providing such enjoyment, I literally...can't put them down. It's probably true to say that the TV programme has taken huge liberties with your story lines [ when have film or tv makers not done this ] so to go right back to Sharpe's origins has been a revelation, especially now that I see 'Hakeswell' was in right at the beginning and after 3 attempts to get rid of him I relish discovering how he eventually meets his end, a really gory one I do hope...! Just as I read 'James Bond' books and 'hear' Sean Connery I am eternally grateful to Mr .Bean [ no, not that one...] because exactly the same happens, Richard Sharpe is Sean Bean and I cannot wait to immerse myself in the next 5, the generosity of my son and daughter-in-law not withstanding ! Many, many thanks Mr. Cornwell!
Trevor R Riley
Thank you! With losing Uhtred in the past year (and it is like a loss in the family when the final book is written of a beloved character), gaining a new Richard Sharpe book is a wonderful and pleasant surprise. You are possibly the best writer of your time, and I have enjoyed every book.
Sharpe Is Back! And Back and Back I Hope. God Save Ireland! Hope you and yours are all well and getting through this hard time.
I like history a lot more since starting reading your books. I particularly enjoyed Fools and Mortals for the original protagonist and getting an insight into what life as an actor was like. And 1356 (and all the Hookton series) for a reminder of the 1000 year often volatile relationship between France and the UK. Bring back the days were we could cross borders that easily. Not yet started on Sharpe but it's on my reading list. Thanks Bernard!
Dear Mr. Cornwell.
My name is Flávio. I'm a neonatologist from Brazil. It's been a hard couple of months for me, as a physician during the COViD-19 outbreak. So it's been a great pleasure to "discover" such good stories... I've read the adventures of Derfel and Uhtred in the last three months and I've learned a lot about the England's history. Thank for such a great time!
With best wishes,
Enjoyed your hour with Anne Diamond. We are big fans. I am 80 (suffering as you with TMB) and began writing after retiring in 2003. Seven novels. No, I won't send you one. Your writing advice is spot on and has served me well. I read your work (and others) three times: First for enjoyment, second for what I missed, and third as a text to learn how you treat different scenarios. Making all of $30/month on Amazon, it's obvious I write for the love of it. Stay Well, and THANK YOU for sharing on Viking TV.
Dr. Tom Gauthier