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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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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I finished the Sharpe series and it's as if I had to say goodbye to good friends. The series is really amazing. I'm about to start your Author books next but I wanted to respectfully request that you include "Sweet" William to your next Sharpe book if it's not already too late. With best regards, Mike Weksler

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Too late for Sharpe's Escape. but I'll bear him in mind for whatever follows - but that won't be written till next year.


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Mr. Cornwell, I have been a fan of your work since 1982. My first book was Sharpe's Eagle. Your work inspired me as a history teacher and continues to impress me as I continue learning more history. The love of history has lead me to the hobby of painting military miniatures. I don't know if you are aware of a few miniatures available on your Richard Sharpe character. It is amazing how your work has had an effect on many people regardless of their profession. Your Sharpe titles are by far my favorites. The title Sharpe's Enemy is my favorite in the Sharpe series. I continue to enjoy Sharpe with each new title. I anxiously await the upcoming Sharpe's Escape release. I have re-read all the Sharpe titles time and again. I also have read Redcoat. It was an excellent book and one that I had hoped would lead to other stories on the Revolutionary War. The Starbuck Chronicles are also much liked as the American War Between the States is my favorite period of history. I do hope you continue them. Recently, I read the Quest of the Grail. The books really increased my interest in the period of the Hundred Years War. I must admit you really are an artist in painting the picture as well as telling a darn good story. I was disappointed to learn that the series would cover 3 books as I really got hooked on the character, Thomas of Hookton. I am planning to try the Arthurian Legend series and Stonehenge next. Each character comes to life in your work regardless of the historical era. All in all, I praise your work as it is both enjoyable reading and satisfies my continuing interest of history. I can only add that I look forward with great anticipation to more titles from your hand. Whether it is the Starbuck Chronicles, a Richard Sharpe title, or a new series& your work continues to hold my interest and entertain and educate me. Each title immerses me in history, allows me to both gain knowledge of a particular era, period and takes me on a pleasant journey through the pages of time. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your next release... Terry Martin

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Thank you for those kind words.


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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.


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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