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Hello Mr Cornwell,

I don’t write to authors as I don’t feel it’s right to bother them, but I’ve read quite a few of your books, many a few times ( Sharpe and Uhtred especially). So this is a big thank you, whenever I need a ripping adventure I can be sure to get it from one of your books.

I’m currently re reading Sharpe's Enemy, I’m at the point where Hakeswill is escaping the dungeon (you’ve no doubt  forgotten the details) and I’m utterly flabbergasted that Sharpe (or Harper) hasn’t already killed him! I vaguely remember what’s coming and I already feel sad... but isn’t that what good stories do, take us along for a ride and make us feel something? Pain and joy...

So thank you again for all the great stories over the many years

All the best

Tony Kelly


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Hi Bernard

I very much like your Last Kingdom novels. Uhtred is a great quirky narrator.

My ex-sister-in-law Gerry French is a folk singer and has written a song called The English, which is about the battle of Brunanburgh, you can check it out on Folkscene for 11/11/2018 on BBC Radio Merseyside’s podcast. It’s very historically accurate and mentions lots of local place names. Check it out, I think you’ll be interested.

Best

Richard Westwood

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Thank you! And I’m glad it’s Merseyside – I get into immense trouble from the partisans who insist Brunanburh was anywhere except the Wirral. I will check it out!

 

 


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Hi Mr. Cornwell.

In a November 27th post, Adam asked if you would ever consider writing about the Crimean War, and you indicated that it was unlikely.  I would like to commend for Adam the Fancy Jack Crossman series by Garry Douglas Kilworth.  He fights all the way through the Crimean War, into the Seypoy Mutiny and ends up in New Zealand.  I found them to be quite good (almost on a par with Sharpe).

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks-intl-ship&field-keywords=Fancy+Jack+Crossman

I realize that you may not be enthusiastic about recommending another author, but I hope you will make an exception here, since you don't plan to write about the Crimea yourself.

Alan Kempner


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Dear Mr Cornwell

Loved 'War of the Wolves', love all the 'Last Kingdom'  book series, loved the first two televised series, but  disliked the third. Maybe it's because I'm reaching 'mature' years, but I found the violence too graphic (obviously catering to the younger market) and the characters are taken too seriously. Not Alfred of course, he's always taken himself seriously, but Uhtred & Aethelwold?  Even Finan was too serious in his jesting!  Also, in giving Skade the centre stage, this series somehow lost it's way. Oh well, maybe it's those mature years creeping up. Talking of which, you happened to mention at the bbc history magazine weekend in Winchester that both you & Uhtred are getting a bit long in the tooth, so hopefully we'll see a new book in this series in the not too distant future.

Best wishes

Kate


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Good afternoon, Lord. I have a mission for you. I need you to tell Netflix that we need more seasons from The Last Kingdom, we also need you don't stop writing books so we will be happy forever. Long live a great writer like you. Greetings from Argentina...

Ps: Excuse my bad english from google translate As a thank you I will buy a book of yours, I hope there is some version in Spanish. But it would be a pleasure to learn English from England, beautiful.

Alejo


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Bernard you bastard.

Didn't sleep until about 2 am last night  - was up with War of the Wolf.

Today I can't keep my eyes open

Jeff Noriss


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Dear Mr. Cornwell,

I just want you to know that your Saxon series which I am now finishing with The War of the Wolf have given me much reading pleasure.  And it has been an added fun to watch The Last Kingdom on Netflix.  I have not enjoyed reading books this much since I discovered Mary Stuart's trilogy on Merlin and Arthur or the great cold war spy stories of Len Deighton and John LeCarre's Quest for Karla.

An American fan,

Joan Colborn.


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Greetings Mr. Cornwell,

This is the first fan-mail I've ever written.

Since before I can remember realizing it, I've been a fan of the early middle ages in western Europe. A few months ago I decided to renew my Netflix account and tried to find something to watch. I found The Last Kingdom, and I watched it. It was nice, so I decided to impulsively get the entire collection of The Saxon Stories that have been published up to this date. They were great! They were my introduction to historical fiction in literature, and I had a blast reading the books. I've since gotten The Winter King because I enjoyed the aforementioned series so much, and it's also great.

Thanks for writing such good stories.

I sincerely wish you the best health and continued inspiration because I want to read more of your books.

Sincerely,

George Smith


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Hello Mr. Cornwell,

I have been an avid reader of your books for the better part of the last 15 years. I don't have a question for you. Instead, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. I can trace my love of history directly back to opening my first Richard Sharpe book when I was all of 14 years old.

There was a time when I thought opening up a large, nonfiction tome on some long ago historical event seemed like the dullest task imaginable. I firmly believe that your characters, from Sharpe to Uhtred to Harper to Hooke, acted like a gateway drug for my academic curiosity. I imagine this is true for thousands of others as well, so I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude. Thank you very much. I'm just finishing up Warriors of the Storm, and am excited to see that I have two more Saxon Tales books in my near future!

I hope you have a great week.

-Wes


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I have discovered your abilities as a writer through the Last Kingdom. I love your characters and your  writing style. I ordered 6 of your books in this series and look forward reading the Arthur books in the near future.

I a fan of your work and appreciate your candor and honesty.

Zamyra Abdel Hady