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Just wondering when there will be another book in the Newgate series? I really enjoyed Gallows Thief! David Viner

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I don't know, but it won't be this year.


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Please write at least one more book to the Arthur series. I so enjoyed that series and would love to read more on Derfel & Arthur's son. I would enjoy reading another book by you that covers the remaining years between Camlann and Derfel "writing" the history of Arthur. Jane Barry

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Sorry, no plans for that.


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Just finished reading all three of the Grail books. Absolutely fantastic! I am about to start on the Sharpe books now. I found them very well researched...BUT...on page 78 of the paperback edition of Harlequin I found "and her [Jeanette's] right shoulder was bruised because of it [shooting her crossbow]". I am sorry to have to annoy you by airing my knowledge, but as a physicist and sometime arblaster, I can tell you that, unlike a firearm, a crossbow (and a bow) recoils forwards. Having said that, I don't think many readers will notice! Hope there are some more Thomas of Hookton books to come. Gerry

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They'll notice now you've told them! Thank you! I'm sure you're right so I think I'll avoid crossbows in future.


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I love the Sharpe books and the Grail Quest books, the latter which I have just read were excellent, I think we are still trying to make sense of history and what it can teach us and this rich source of entertainment and education has been adapted by you with accuracy and excitement, thank you for providing me with hours of pleasure. Peter Harvey


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I read all your books and I am desperately awaiting some further episodes of the Starbuck chronciles - it has been an extremely long time since the last episode. I have read your reply to a fellow reader on the same question and I can only add my request that it won't be too long. Thanks Gary


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Dear Mr Cornwell, I have read almost all of your Sharpe books and would congratulate you on the massive extent of research you do on the various military topics. In my opinion you are the best author I have come into contact with for a long time. Please keep up the good work- I shall be looking at some of your other titles and wonder if any other ones are comparable to the Sharpe series regarding military events, best wishes-D.H.


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Mr. Cornwell, In response to a question about your favorite characters you wrote, "A: My favourite is Obadiah Hakeswill, of course, and after him the delicious Ceinwyn from the Arthur books." WOW, what a contrast. I can't think of any two of your characters, among all the saints and sinners, farther apart -- in both outward appearance and and inner substance -- than Ceinwyn and Obadiah. The only thing thay have in common is that they are truely wonderful characters. My personal choice, exclusive of the main characters, is Blas Vivar. He's one big reason that Sharpe's Rifles is my favorite of your books. Duncan Adams


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Dear Mr. Cornwell: Recently, some of your fans have suggested post-Waterloo, post-Devil adventures for Sharpe. Permit me to dissent from this view. I believe that there comes a point when a series has run its course and it's time to put the captstone on and go on to other things. By my estimation, Sharpe has about four more good novels left after Escape:&landers, Rolica/Vimeiro, Albuera, and San Sebastian. But I see little prospect for any really good adventures after Devil. The post-Waterloo world was, from a military history point of view, pretty boring, with nothing of any interest until the 1st Afghan War in 1840. By then, Sharpe would be 63! I would hate to see you write any Sharpe novels falling below your usual excellent standards, just to keep the character going. And how many other ficticious characters have had a 24-novel run? Waterloo, Sharpe's biggest battle, was a fitting climax to his career, and Devil was an epilogue and a chance to say goodbye. But for my money, let's leave the poor man on the farm after Devil. He deserves the rest. Sincerely, Alan Kempner

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Thanks for your input!


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Dear Bernard, I`m in Brazil and I`m Brazilian. I`ve just finished a couple of hours ago to read your book which tells about King Arthur's life (or Derfel`s would be better?). I`m sorry I don`t know the name of the book in English - in portuguese it is "Cronicas de Artur". My aunt read it first and told me it was one of the best books she read in her life. I have to agree with her... I`m writing to you to let you know that this is one of the best books I`ve ever read (I`m 24, and I love to read). I had even read the "Brumas de Avalom" book, which I don`t know the name in English either, and I was thinking no other history of Arthur`s life could cativate me more... However, I was wrong... With your book, I laughed a lot, I cried a lot, and I do feel like I was part of their lives. This is your first book I read, but I`m sure going to look for others from now on. Congratulations! (I`ll sure be kinda sad for the next feel days, as I already miss the characters so much...). Patricia Antunes

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Many thanks for your kind message - and thank your aunt for me as well.


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Bernard Cornwell, the trilogy of the grail quest is very very good! good job. Lucas (Lostman ) from Brasil

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Thanks - I'm glad to know you like the books.


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