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Aye, I admit I'm not a reader so to speak, but I was given your book 'Harlequin' from 'The Grail Quest' a couple of days ago, and up to now I've read half way through and not been able to put it down. Usually, and I hate to admit, my mind wanders while I read, and I end up loosing the place as well as interest. However it's not happened at all not even for a second, hell I've even cracked a smile at the comical situations and blunt use of language which I prefer because that is how I would speak. It seems more down to earth. The characters, the places, the descriptions, everything in it keeps me in interest and I know it's in a historical content which again was great for me as I'm keen on learning as much as I can on medieval history as is my sister who also has a copy (We fought over it so I had to get my own, typical eh?) It made me proud that I have actually started to enjoy reading, all I needed to do was find the right book and author: and I have. This might seem a ramble on about silly things or a premature thank you but I just wanted to let you know that your work is appreciated by readers even as hopeless as I. My Thanks Adéle, age 19 of Glasgow.

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I'm quite sure you are not hopeless at all! Many thanks for your message.


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I'm 61 and have never written a fan letter in my life, but I want to tell you how much joy your work has given me. I own and have read all of Sharpe, Starbuck, and the Archer as well as Stonehenge, Gallow's Thief, and Redcoat. I'm now rereading the Sharpe books alternating them with O'Brian's Captain Aubry series. So, I thank you for the many hours of pleasure your hard work has given me. Dan Thomas


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Mr. Cornwell, first, I would like to thank you for explaining the naming difference between " The Archer's Tale" and "Harlequin". it certainly helped explain why I was confused looking for the sequels and what their names were! I first found "Archer's Tale" at my local library and decided to give it a try. I was looking for new authors to read and I'm glad I did! I am presently reading the Sharpe series as well as The Grail Quest series. You are to be congratulated, these are some of the finest adventures I have read. For someone unfamiliar with these time periods, I find you explain settings, weaponry, tactics, and polictical situations admirably to your readers. I also wanted to say thanks for the website. It's easy to navigate and the book listings are extensive and informative for new readers like myself. I look forward to many years of reading and collecting your books. Steven Barnes

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I'm glad you like the books and the website. Many thanks for taking the time to write.


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Dear Mr Cornwell, I first stumbled on the Sharpe novels a few years ago (any book with Sean Bean on the cover was bound to catch my attention) and have been a great fan ever since. Having run out of Sharpe novels, I've recently read your Warlord series which I loved. I don't agree with your comments about rewriting the first third of the Winter King- for me, you made Arthur's world come to life. Likewise your wonderful Grail trilogy - I'm thrilled to read you're doing a new Thomas of Hookton novel as he's a great character too. I also think you create great villains - my favourites would have to be Guy Vexille (a compelling portrait of a fanatic) and the inimitable Hakeswill. I know you killed him off but is there any chance he might make another appearance - he's much too good to waste. Thanks for all your wonderful work and may you write many more novels, regards Isabel Robinson

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Thanks for your comments - and I agree, I should never have killed off Hakeswill. Perhaps he has a twin?


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Dear Mr. Cornwell - I have just read your FAQ and would like you to know that I have read all of your series, and agree strongly with you that the beat was the Arthur series. While I enjoy the others, the Arthur trilogy was just magical - no pun intended. Thank you. Donald McCall


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Just finished reading Sharpe's Havoc. I throughly enjoyed the book. What a page turner. Looking forward to finding more of the collection to read. Sir, you keep me up reading and I went to bed late. Thank you. John Armstrong


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Bernard - glad to have found your website. I have just finished reading Winter King for the second time and am enjoying it even more the second time around. I believe that you are the best and most convincing teller of battle narrative currently writing. I studied Early medieval History at university and have been fascinated by Arthur and post- Roman Britain since childhood. I think your Arthur series is the closest to what may have actually happened that I have read, and they are also extremely interesting, exciting and thought-provoking books. Thank you for your hard work and creativity. You comment in your FAQ section that you would like to write more Arthur-like material - as I'm sure you are aware the 'Dark Ages' (I personally dislike the term) are full of superb sources for your stories. Please contact me if you would like to discuss working together on some ideas - I would be honoured. In any case, the best of luck with all your projects and many thanks for the excellent novels (I have also recently enjoyed the conclusion of the Grail Quest series) so far. Andrew

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Thanks very much for your message Andrew.