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I have read 4 of your 5 thrillers but I only reread Sea Lord.  Not sure why.  I like the descriptions of local areas in your books but there is something about that book I find compelling.  Yes I have read other styles of books of yours.  Please keep up the good work.



I am not very good at writing and really have a lot more I would want to say. Thanks for getting me through some of the hard times in my life. Your books have absolutely changed my life and kept me alive.

Robert C


Mr. Cornwell,

I just wanted to thank you for all the great books and entertainment you have provided over the years.  I love historical fiction, and you hit the nail on the head repeatedly.

Tom Monk


Hi Sir,

Earlier this year I have read 1356 and I was immediately transported to Medieval Europe, needless to say I fell in love with the story of Thomas Hookton. Planning to read the rest of your books, starting with the other Grail Quest series (although I realized that I will be reading the series in the wrong sequence). I just want to say thank you for these books, it will be a gargantuous task for me to look for all your books but I think it will be a part of the thrill. Hoping for more Grail Quest books soon.

Sending you the best,

Dana Yap


Hello Bernard,

First - Thank you!.  Each book is like a gift to me. I started with The Last Kingdom series and was hooked.  I've always found it somewhat overwhelming to try and place the time periods and loyalties of the various English Monarchs, but found your novels to be immensely entertaining reads, while helping me sort through the constantly shifting political changes of the times.  Likewise the Sharp series which I've also enjoyed.  Huge fan!

Thank you again!

Best Regards,

Bob Burian


Dear Mister Cornwell

Let me start off by thanking you for your contribution of historical novels you’ve blessed our generation with. Whilst I still haven’t managed to read all of your books, and i doubt I will as I’m not the best reader of books, I appreciate all that I have read thus far. On this occasion I write to you not only to thank you but out of an impulse to communicate and share my feelings immediately after finishing your book - Sharpe’s Triumph. I’ve been chasing Sharpe’s journey for the last two and a half decades. Growing up my family would come together to watch Sean Bean’s version of a 6ft+, dark-haired, Londoner and admittedly it was bloody good! Eventually I started reading your novels and realised that there was a wealth of background to Sharpe’s story that the television series didn’t even touch upon, not to mention things that they had seriously mixed up. It’s now my second time round reading the Sharpe novels from start to finish in chronological order and this time the story has hit me even harder. With all the knowledge of where Sharpe started to where he ends up (at least for now), I couldn’t help but shed a tear when General Wellesley decided to offer Sergeant Sharpe a commission and call him Mister Sharpe. I felt so glad for the man that I was buzzing - a tingling feeling went through my body. It was that powerful! Truth be told, I can no longer erase the image of a blonde man, not much over 5ft 10 from Yorkshire playing the role of my favourite character of all time; but that’s alright!

I won’t bore you any more with my thoughts about Sharpe’s journey (all positive believe me) for I reckon that come the third time of reading the series, doubtless I’ll unlock another level of emotion and understanding.

I’ll leave you with this; my wife, who has zero interest in history, let alone British military history, asked me how she could improve her knowledge of English grammar and learn to communicate in a more sophisticated way. I immediately downloaded Sharpe’s tiger (e-book) onto her phone and told her to carry on. I pray she’ll learn to appreciate and love the series as much as I have.

Can’t wait for the new release!

All the best, sincerely meant.



For some years I have been following the Last Kingdom series via Harper Collins. During lockdown I re-addressed the books. Yesterday, 'War of th Wolf' came to  an end. I was delighted to listen to your commentary about the  series; the mixture of fact and fiction. We were both born in 1944 but I wrote  my last book in 2017; I have a maritime background and it covered the evolution and developments in the shipping industry since the war, so not very exciting at all !! So thank  you for entertaining me for so long. Stay safe and best wishes,

Andrew Lansdale


Sharpe rescued me.  As a Submariner reading was a great escape.  Down time was never really down time, patrolling the oceans of the world was always at the very least, tense.  Being able to escape with Richard Sharpe, Harper, Hagman, Harris, Wellington and Sgt Hakeswill to name but a few was a marvellous world to live in!  Thank you!  I'm not a history buff but did so enjoy the adventures.  Followed some years later with the TV films, fantastic.

At sea, reading for me was a tremendous relief, I would often read whole a series of books at once.  Yours were my favourites causing me many trips to Plymouth to restock.

If you're interested also towards top of my list...  Alexander Kent, who in my opinion created the Sea going version of Sharpe in Richard ( spooky) Bolitho.  JK Rowling, an escape to a real magical world, teenage fiction is marvelous! Lol.

Thanks for taking time to read this and thank for another glimpse into the life of Sharpe!

Andrew Welch


Just finished Heretic.  I was definitely entertained.  Your Sharp Books are also very much page turners.  Had to let you know your writing gift is enjoyed by a country bumpkin out here in Montana.  Kudos to you Bernard

Bruce Christiansen



I would just like to thank you for relighting my love for reading. Have been reading your Saxon Tales series after watching the Last Kingdom show on Netflix. I really enjoy it the way you tell Uhtred's story speaks to me in a way that I have never seen before. I am only on the 5th of 13 but I cannot wait to read the rest and start on another series of yours. Thank you again you are an amazing author and I hope that you come to Texas soon for a book signing.

A fan

Nick DeGroote