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I love to read but rarely have the time these days.  But, since I spend an hour or two a day in the car, I thought I'd give an audio book a try.

I ventured into my local library, which has a long wall dedicated to audio books. After spending much time, I settled on one of the Sharpe series books.  I can't tell you exactly, but I think it may have been Sharpe's Sword or Sharpe's Rifles.  I WAS HOOKED!

Since then I believe I have read all but 1 or 2 of the full-length books (I didn't read them in order and my memory is not the best), one or 2 of the 14th century books, 2 of the Starbucks books, and Gallows' Thief.

I know I can read more books in a year than you can write, so I am encouraging you to keep writing so that I never catch up!



Hello, Mr. Cornwell.

First of all i have to say, it's very kind of you receive books of all parts of the world to sign it. I really appreciate this. It's a great honour to write this email for you, sir. I recently start to read your books, specifically, "The Warlords Chronicles". I'm a big fan of the Arthurian legend, it's a very powerful myth, and a powerful symbol of culture. I'm reading the Volume I. I buy a box with all trilogy, it's very awesome. I must say, i don't know how you find so much time to write so many books, it's really amazing! So, what i have to say is: Nothing you don not hear before, but i must say, your books inspired me so well, and i have to say thank you. Words have power more than we imagine, and it's a pleasure to read a powerful story about King Arthur, wrote with so many love and kindness, for me, "The Warlords Chronicles" it's a definitive story about Arthurian legend, i say this to all my friends, since i begin to read the books. I a member from Cosmonerd, a site which talks about Pop Culture, and i hope soon write a critic about your books. So Mr. Cornwell, thank you again.



Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I grew up in the sixties, and really don't remember any history from my school days apart from "Tudors and Stewarts".
I have read many (not all) of your books and enjoyed them immensely, and more importantly I have learned more history from you than I ever did at school.
You bring history to life, it is real and gritty, and quite enthralling.  Why you are not part of the national curriculum I will never know.  Your books should be required reading in schools.  If they were, I am sure many more children would develop an interest in the subject.
Keep on doing what you do best; entertaining and educating the nation,and may Uhtred live forever!
Yours faithfully,
Y. Walker


I just read "The Burning Land" and didn't even know that it was the fifth novel in series until I looked to see if there was a sequel.  Good work on writing a good stand-alone novel that was also part of a series.



Tom Beifuss



I have just finished the 10 books of Uthred and they are amazing. Thank you for the hard work.

Ademir Benedito


Dear Bernard,

I wanted to let you know that I have just finished the entire Sharpe series in chronological order from Tiger to Devil. I did this by obtaining all of the books from the southern Ontario public library system. The books that my local library didn't have, were ordered in by inter-library loan. During times that these books were unavailable - I read some of your other books - usually the Last Kingdom books.

Thanks very much for your stories. They are very enjoyable. Like you, I grew up on Hornblower and I think you would make CS Forester proud. Sincere regards -

Paul Carter


All I can say is.....I am addicted to the Saxon series.  Please, keep writing!

Pam Palis-Kalisz


I thoroughly enjoyed reading all these books over 10 years ago and have patiently waited for the next instalment...what happened at Gettysburg!!

I do hope you find the time to continue this series but in the meantime I have fond memories of four of the very best books I have ever read.

Best wishes

Terry Gibbs


Well, I must begin by telling you I am grateful for your existence on this planet. Your books have added immeasurably to my life.... And I am sure many others as well (although I can't speak for anyone but myself!). I have listened to just about everything you have written. And with each one l have regretted the arrival of the end of story ! I thought I had heard all you have written, so you can imagine my excitement when I came across the Archer's Tale. At first I thought it was a stand alone book (like The Fort). Especially as it was short ( I assumed it was just a "short story")... I never noticed it was abridged (something I always avoid). Anyway, I proceeded to listen to it.  And then, at the end, I  realized, it was designed to continue on.... That sent me  looking for a follow up book and I came to discover the name change and the abridgment... And I was not happy. I  felt like I'd been tricked! I agree with you regarding the name of a book... Multiple names are totally confusing. Not to mention pointless.  And the subtle way they mention that it is abridged seems to me is meant to deceive.... I don't even think there is an unabridged audio book version titled The Archers Tale.  Anyway, I've figured it all out now and will start over with the full version of the Harlequin and listen to (and enjoy) the series as it was meant to be enjoyed... Thanks again to you for all your wonderful writing... As I said, you have added hundreds of hours of enjoyment to my life (not to mention that I might have actually learned something along the way!)...  Perhaps you could tell your publisher to knock off with the name change thing and, in general, just not to mess with your books... After all they are yours, not his! And they are spectacular! (a Seinfeld reference !)

Richard Pierce


Thank you!  The publisher is aware of my feelings about title changes.....but they have their reasons.....


Mr. Cornwell,


I write to say thank you for writing "1356." Read that novel and then re-read the other Thomas Hookton novels. While reading them, I started reading histories of the 100 Years War and am enjoying myself immensely.  I am currently reading Barbara Tuchman's  "A Distant Mirror The Calamitous 14th Century." Ms. Tuchman writes respectfully about Charles Valois, the first Dauphin and future king Charles V. As I read her words I remembered  your depiction of Charles at the Battle of Poitiers. You captured the essence of his character accurately and economically. I also wanted to thank you for your recommendation of the late Robert Hardy's books on the longbow. I am hoping to read them soon. Please accept my best wishes.


Be well,


Jamie Jacks

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