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Sir, I am delighted to see that you have continued to write the Sharpe series. I started reading your books in the deserts of Saudi Arabia back in 91' and have continued to read, and to my wife's dismay (since I spend more time with Sharpe than her), reread them time and time again. I sincerely ask that you do not stop with this series. I was truly troubled when I read Sharpe's Devil and found his adventure over but was pleased to see you go back and fill in the gaps. Please keep up the good work. You are truely as talented a writer as Sharpe was a soldier. Thanks, yours truly SSG Stewart 2bn 75th Inf RANGERS

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The series is not complete yet - as you may know, the 20th Sharpe book will be published in April -Sharpe's Escape (possibly good news for you, but bad news for your wife?).


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I read a comment posted on 1/7/04 by Gregg Singer that said he was having trouble finding a hardcover edition of Tiger. I got mine from my local Barnes & Noble. I couldn't find it on the shelf, so went to the order desk, told them what I wanted, and it was there in less than a week. To be honest, I've no idea if it's a US or UK version, but maybe that would work for Mr. Singer, too. Tom Stewart


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I'd just like to say thank you. Ever since I received a box set of eight of the Sharpe books for my birthday last year I have read them all, apart from Sharpe's Havoc which I've had trouble obtaining. I have enjoyed the books immensely, and am paticuarly looking forward to Sharpe's Escape. I can help with a question that was asked by Mark, on the 6th January concerning a website with lyrics to songs of the period. One site that I have found interesting on this subject is http://www.contemplator.com/ it had lyrics and midi files for a large seclection of songs from that period. I hope you and your family have a great year, and I am looking forward to meeting you on your next book tour here in Britain. Benjamin Clist

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Thanks for the website suggestion.


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Dear Sir, it is very refreshing to see an author having a forum such as this in order to communicate with his fans. I am sure you do not need to do this as your books will sell just as rapidly. Myself and (I am sure the rest of your fans) do appreciate your time. thankyou. Looking forward to the Sharpe Convention and hope to see you there and meet other fans. I believe that your favourite creation has been the Warlord Chronicles I wholeheartedly agree and would love to see a trilogy filmed, directed by Peter Jackson. Any ideas for who would play Derfel? Chris Pollack

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Don't have a clue. Do you have any idea?


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I have collected almost all of your Sharpe novels and the Grail Quest all of which are great reads. I am hoping to get some signed when you are next in the UK. Do you have any dates planned? Regards, Martin Dilger

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I expect to be in the UK for the release of Sharpe's Escape in early April. As soon as we know the exact details, they will be posted to the Diary page.


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Mr Cornwell, I have been a big fan of your writing for a long time now, and I must admit that my favourite books were the Starbuck Chronicles. I have read that you have sent him on an extented vacation to concentrate on Sharpe and his adventures. You also mentioned that this was in a way the fault (forgive me for that is not the right word to use) of TV. Perhaps you could try and influence those that made the Sharpe tv series to try it out with Starbuck. I realise that poor Nate is not as dashing and daring as Sharpe, (at least in the beginning) but they are fine stories and I for one feel that they would grace that television screen (or the big screen for that matter). Please let me know if you have any inclination as to when Starbuck will fight again. Gareth Jameson

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I wish I could give you a time frame Gareth, but I don't want to make any promises I can't keep.


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Hello Mr. Cornwell, My name is Mario and I'm one of your many Brazilian readers. Thanks for having given us the Arthur Books - I just loved them and I can tell you that finishing the third book made me very sad. After leaving Derfel, I'm now - almost one year later - in the company of Thomas of Hookton, and enjoying it a lot too. Hope I can see them both in the big screen soon. While it doesn't happen, please don't stop doing that great job. Best regards, Mario


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I love your Grail quest series, I hope this is/will be a long running series. I can't get enough of the adventures of Thomas of Hookton. Love you man, happy new year. Barry W. Harshfield Jr.


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Dear Bernard Cornwell: I know you've heard this a lot, but when is the fifth Starbuck coming out? If you're too busy to write one just find time to write one last one and have him die. All the books are very good and have excellent Civil War humor in them. Every so often I check the book stores to see if a new one is there, but I always see a new Sharpe book or the Heretic. I've tried to read the Sharpe series, but it is so bland and uninteresting. The Arthur series, however, are very good, but please don't write another and focus on Starbuck. Your next book, if you base it chronologically would be based at Fredericksburg, and then Chancellorsville, and then Gettysburg. That could be very interesting if you would continue. Thanks Mike Sekerak

I just read Heretic and loved it. And I can't wait for the next Sharpe novel. Is there going to be any more Starbuck novels? I was informed that one of my distant relatives was in the Union Army at some of the same battles Starbuck was. Allen Linville

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I'm glad to know how much you've enjoyed the Starbuck books, and I will try to get back to them when I can.


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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.