I just wanted to say hello to you and thank you for being such an inspiring story teller. Yesterday, I started An Archer's Tale and it is a gripping narrative about a time in history that has always spurred my imagination. I really look forward to reading the entire series as well as your other series as well. You are a gift to humanity, I don't exaggerate. I believe art is the most important expression that man is capable of to change the world for good. May God bless you with long life, good health, and many more years of entertaining your friends like me!
I love Uhtred and have got my mum hooked also. This year we had the privilege to visit Banbrugh castle and to stand on those battlements and look out and see those viking ships sail through the mist and found tears in my eyes as the scenery looks just as wild now as then,it was a sublime moment. This scene stays with me. Also living near Benefleet I could imagine them building the castle and the forever mud, and stranded at Shoebury. Thanks for such a wonderful series
Dear Mr. Cornwell,
I'm a huge fan of several of your book series, but I'm especially crazy about the Saxon Chronicles. I happened across this series of books while on vacation at the beach, and I devoured 3-4 of them over the course of the week. Needless to say, I was engrossed. Although there's nothing like reading the books, I love seeing good books adapted to film (when its done right). With the success of several recent epic movies and TV series, I'm suprised Hollywood isn't beating down your door. Especially when screenwriters can't seem to develop any of their own original ideas and consequently have to bastardize old classics (Outlander- in which Grendel is an alien and Jim Caviezel is a spaceman Beowulf; also, the recent travesty that was the Starz TV series, Camelot). I know you don't write for film, but I'd love to see Uhtred in a shield wall on the big screen. Derfel, too!
Dear Mr. Cornwell.
As one of your avid Canadian readers, I am asking you and in particular your publisher, “where in N.A. do you sell the majority of your novels?”
As the following locations will attest:
Ajo, Arizona, Casa Grande, Yuma, Bullhead, The Fountain of Youth, California, Palm Springs, High River, Alberta, Rossland, B.C. and Trail, B.C.; the availability of your novels are scarce. I am referring specifically to your hard backs to be found in Thrift stores, the Salvation Army thrift stores or in R.V. Parks libraries.
To find one Sharpes novel, the Warlord Chronicles or others is like finding a gold nugget in a stream, and second, I think a communities intellectual level can be determined by their reading. Fortunately our public library in High River, Alberta is well stocked and will upon request bring in any Cornwell requested. My next request is “1356”
I have enjoyed your books to the nth degree!!! I don't know how you are able to get the research and the story so well intertwined, but you do so very well. Keep the books coming and I'll keep reading them and recommending them. Thank You for your efforts!
have been an avid fan since Agincourt . You also have many readers at my local flea market here in S Connecticut. Always appreciated historical novels and as my sis in law who owns Malaprop`s bookstore in Asheville NC , comments that you must have an army of assistants helping to glean the facts from the past. I am American/British lived in London for quite a few years .The wave of the poppy eaters forced me to find better pastures Cheers. I will try and order your new book when it is here in the states Andrew
I greatly enjoy reading your books and have just re-read The Burning Land. Your mention of Thundersley in the Historical Note prompts me to say that I went to Chalkwell Hall School and to Westcliff High School.As an 11 year old I enjoyed messing about in our 12ft clinker dinghy with its centreboard around Canvey Island.Misjudging the time led to long muddy walks ashore followed by a return at sparrowrise to float off on the rising tide.All these memories make me wonder whether the hill which in the 1200s became the site for Hadleigh Castle would have figured in the approach to South Benfleet. Purely as a matter of interest I am now 85 and still going strong after a long Service life in India and Burma followed by forty years or so teaching English, Latin, Spanish French and Japanese.After 21 years in New Zealand I now live in this coastal paradise in Queensland, Australia
My best wishes
I’m delighted you found your coastal paradise! Long may you enjoy it . . . and you’re right, I did have the site of Hadleigh Castle in mind when writing the last chapters of The Burning Land, though in all likelihood an outlying fort might have been a little further west . . . Hadleigh isn’t idealy situated to protect the creek that runs between the mainland and Canvey, but of course it would provide an excellent lookout to seawards.
I only discovered you a little over a year ago and have already read the saxon, grail, and warlord series. I'm currently half way through battle flag. You are by far my favorite author and I am absolutely thrilled I haven't even started the sharpe series yet. Just wanted to say thank you for an awesome year.
stonehenge was amazing as well.
Just worked my way through the whole of Sharpe [except for the shorts] because my wife says "space!", and was going back to Ramage when 1356 was highlighted...Thomas ..so I started Harlequin again ..Ab Fab Great! Crecy at the moment...there's just too little time and too few books coming..I want the next Alfred already..read Death of Kings within the first week of it arriving and passed it to my friend who reads all..just keep producing and enjoying life please..
Read and collected most of your UK issued books.Eagerly await your next