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Just started reading your books and have enjoyed them. I wanted to know what it was like to have bullets flying past me, (I entertain the idea of writing a few stories myself) so I got involved in large scale paintball games. Is this a good idea for getting first person experience in writing a combat scene or possibly the silliest thing you have ever heard of? Keep up the good work, Mike

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I think exposing yourself to paintballs is fairly harmless, and might even be useful, but don't be tempted to explore further. Trying to experience real ammunition is a certain way to win a Darwin Award. Never heard of the Darwin Awards? Go to www.darwinawards.com and have yourself an amusing half hour. And good luck with the stories!


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Whilst in Rhayader, in Wales last week we came upon information that one Major Edward Jones was buried in the local church. A man, is was said, who came up through the ranks during the Peninsula wars. We wondered if you were aware of this soldier during your research for Sharpe novels. Thank you for such interesting books. Ron and Lyn Wheeler

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I have indeed heard of Major Jones, though alas I did not know of him when I started writing Sharpe. And somewhere I have a pamphlet about him, which your question has prompted me to rediscover - thanks!


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Hello Mr. Cornwell. In your response to a recent message, you indicated that you suspect Sharpe probably won't make it to the battle of Albuera. Please think that one over again, even if it's not the next Sharpe novel. It was the most fierocious fight on the Peninsula, and probably the one the the British came closest to losing. I would hate for Sharpe to miss it! Sincerely, Alan Kempner


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I have recently read the latest Sharpe title- 'Escape' and it is yet again another enthralling adventure from the pen of Mr.Cornwell. I really can't praise his work enough. Speaking of Sharpe - I'm sure fans of the books and the tv series will be delighted to know that Sean Bean is keen to film a new adventure and likely to be on location in India - TIGER instantly springs to mind although he would have to age back considerably. I'm sure the makeup crew will see to that. I would love to see a big screen adventure of Sharpe and can I possibly suggest - TRAFALGAR -it is after all one of the most foremost and famous sea battles in history and would be a fitting tribute to the 200th anniversary next year! Suggestions for possible Sharpe titles... Sharpe's.... VICTORY, WAR, TORMENT, DESTINY, LOSS, END (hopefully which will never ever happen!!) ceejay


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Dear Mr Cornwell, I am very happy to have stumbled upon this website because it allows me to express my great apreciation and enthusiasm for your Novel the Winter King! (I've not read any of your other novels but I intend to change that ASAP.) I started reading the Winter King yesterday and only stopped reading when I finished the last page, at about 6 o clock this morning! As a result, today I slept through a very important meeting at work ( - I somehow feel you are to blame!) I vividly remember one specific moment from last night, at about 3:30 am, when reason snapped me out of my hypnotic state for a few seconds and dictated that I should at least get two hours of sleep, but I actually found it physically impossible to put the book down! I just had to find out how Derfel would cope at the battle of Lugg Vale!!! The first thing I did after finishing the book was order part 2 and 3 of the Warlord chronicles from amazon.com. Get this: part 2 has a 3 to 5 weeks delivery estimate! I think that's criminal!!!! Anyhow, sorry to have disturbed you from your writing duties, without even asking a proper question (unless perhaps you have an idea why amazon would provide part 1 and 3 at 24 hours notice and part 2 at 3-5 weeks notice!?) Thanks again and keep up the good work and I hope you will one day come and do a book-signing tour in the Netherlands! Eelco van Kappen

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Thank you for your kind message (I hope you've caught up on your sleep by now!). Don't know why the delay in getting Enemy of God from Amazon.com - can you get it sooner from Amazon.co.uk? I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the series.


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Hi, Will there be any more Starbuck books? I thought they were great. Bert Connell

A big fan of yours, the series I enjoy most is the Starbuck Chronicles. I hope you will one day write more of these book. Derek Armstrong

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I will!


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I don't normally write things like this but I am a 19 year old student with far too much time on my hands and just want to say what a great author I think you are. The Sharpe TV series were amazing but they are not a patch one books which tell the stories of Sharpe and Harper so fantastically. I have also begun reading the Starbuck chronicles but feel somewhat cheated that this young 'copperhead' seems unable to finish his rebellion. I hope you make time to write more Starbuck novels despite his obvious Sharpe resemblance as I found this as gripping as any of the Sharpe novels. I am also just about to start reading the first grail book which I look forward to reading with relish. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I wish you the best of health in the future and hope you continue to write quality books for myself and many others to enjoy. Michael Gartside


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Mr. Cornwell: I "discovered" the Sharpe books by recognizing Sean Bean in the LOTR movies and sort of traveling back in time and connecting him with the Sharpe series I used to watch on PBS. I blogged around until I figured out the TV series was actually a series of books first. I got hooked. Then I turned my bother on to them, and then my Mom. We're pretty much addicted. Now I'm half way through Enemy of God. One of my grandfathers was a miner in Wales, and I'm part Welsh, so your re-telling of this legend touches a chord deep within. By the way, I rank you up there with Patrick O'Brian. Joel Hicks


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Greetings! I have read the grail quest series books and have enjoyed them thoroughly. IMO- you should get someone to make a movie trilogy based accurately on the books. I would be pleased to see them on my shelf. You are a very talented individual and have supplied me with hours of joyful reading. Thanks and peace, Maggie.


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Dear Bernard Cornwell, I am a brazilian reader of yours books, they are just wonderful! Here in Brazil we just have the Arthur and the Grail Quest books and I have already read the Grail Quest, but not finished, they did not publish the last one here (the Heretic). And I finished the first one of Arthur books. I would like to congratulate you because the way you write the stories is fantastic! It really takes you into the Old Ages. I just have one objection to do: Eleanor's death on the Vagabond, it was horrible, she really was a nice girl with Thomas. Thank you. Joao Eduardo

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I'm sorry about Eleanor! But thank you for your kind message. I believe Heretic is scheduled to be released in Brazil sometime this month so hopefully you will have it soon. Hope you enjoy it!


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