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Happy St George's day for the 23rd. Any plans to expand on Beowulf. Just read Heretic. Very good. Can I have some more please! Mark Stevens

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A Happy St George's Day to you and everyone else too. Expand on Beowulf? No! But The Last Kingdom is set in the right era . . .


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In 1971 I completed a degree in Medieval History. Except for a brief trip to Great Britain I've had very little chance to utilize or even discuss my research on the longbow or fighting techniques. This week I discovered you and your Grail Series. Your description of the battle of Crecy not only brought to life some of my faded studies but gave me a "you-are-there" experience. It was perfectly marvelous. Of course I'll now read all your other books. Thank you so much! Anna M. Swain


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Hello Mr Cornwell, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your books especially the Sharpe series, although I do not like the new covers for Havoc & Escape. Much preferred the old covers with a rifleman on them. I have just found out there will be another Thomas Hookton book later this year so that will be something to look forward to. I am really enjoying Sharpes Escape and hope this will not be the last Sharpe book. Many thanks Regards Deb Wright

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Sorry Deb, no Thomas of Hookton book this year. The next book will be The Last Kingdom (click on 'What's Coming' to read the first chapter).


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Hello Bernard, hope you are well, got a signed Sharpe's Escape for my father when you recently signed at Waterstones in Ledenhall, London, it went down a treat so wanted to say thank you, looking forward to the new book in October, anymore thought on Sanderman making a reapperance? Once again thank you for the cracking books and please try and bring Hakeswill back! Pete

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It is a good possibility for Sandman - and I'll see what I can do about Hakeswill.


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I'm sure you are bored of people praising the Sharpe series, and indeed, you are probably far more proud of your many other works, however they are truly fantastic. I'm probably quoting a critic to say that it's blend of sub-plot and historical action is AMAZING! Equally with the Grail Quest, and I have not as yet had the priviledge of reading any other works, though Stonehenge is on my shelf waiting to be read. I was merely wondering if you intended to continue filling bits in here and there in the Sharpe series. Also, surely at a time when Master and Commander has just grossed so highly at the Box Office, Sean Bean could return to Sharpe with a larger budget for Sharpe's Waterloo? Thanks. Edward Bell

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I would be happy to see it happen!


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My favourite author is coming here to Toronto!!! Having read everything you've had published, in fact getting hooked on each of the series, I've watched literally with baited breath for the next book from your gifted pen. I was so pleased to learn that you are coming here, then realised that it was on a day that leaves me out of commission and unable to be at the gathering. Devastated would be a good word. Thanks for the many hours of reading pleasure you have given me and will continue to give me (I'm starting back through Sharpe again). Good luck on your Toronto visit and, in absentia, I'll issue you a warm Canadian welcome on that day. Phillip Day, Toronto

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Sorry our schedules will not coincide, but thank you for your kind thoughts.


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I enjoyed very much hearing your desert island discs this morning. You said what a lucky person you are and I wondered if by any chance you were born in May. Did you hear the Today programme last week when they did a survey and came to the conclusion that May babies were the luckiest of all. I was born in May and consider myself very lucky too. Like you, I have a very happy marriage of 23 years and feel very fortunate in many ways. Just an enquiry but thought the answer might be interesting. Thank you for your time and, again, enjoyed hearing all about your life very much. I have to say it made me sad to think of your unhappy childhood but you seem to have recovered from it extremely well. Kind regards, pamela

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No, I wasn't born in May - but lucky anyway!


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Just a word of thanks for all your work. I am a career soldier and read your books as you above other authors of historical fiction seem to understand what our business is about. This fact struck me once a few years back in an operation in Bosnia. During a lull in our operation, I opened my copy of (I think) Sharpe's Triumph. One of my soldiers offered to trade another book when I'd finished it. It reminded me of a scene in one of the Sharpe films where two riflemen trade for a copy of a Voltaire. I thought that very fitting and a bit ironic. Again, thanks for all the effort. It is truly appreciated. Randall Eskew


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Bernard: Thanks for actually answering my question about the fate of Sharpe's Indian treasure trove. Sharpe's Prey did the trick. I know that this would be impossible. Imagine Sharpe at the Battle of New Orleans against Old Hickory. I don't think that Sharpe would have been "arunnin' on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico." Guy Orr


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Read Arthur series-fabulous, have read many other Arthur tales, but love your historical & more true to his times storyline. Just read Gallows Thief-great entertainment-historical insights & lingo wonderful-felt like I had dropped back in time. Our library only had these-Am tickled to know theres MUCH more B.Cornwell. Myword you are prolific sir; the historical research, language, characters - women as well done as the men, subjects you've chosen. Didn't imagine novel re:newgate would be so entertaining-will try the Sharpe novels- had not, after discovered their existence because thot not like man/adventure/war novel that well. BUT PERHAPS I will. No need for any answers back, just kudos to you. JC


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