Your Questions

Q

You were kind enough a few years back, to sign a copy of Sharpe's Fury for me. I was in the RAF and deployed to Basra at the time  and a good friend of mine met you at a book signing, bought the book for me and you added a message in there.

I am a huge fan of Sharpe and recently decided to start to re-read them. I am currently half way through Triumph. It got me wondering if Sharpe will march again?

All the best,

Stewart Welsh

 

Dear Mr Cornwell,

My work mate put me on to your Sharpe's series.  I know you hear this all the time,  but I would just like to let you know how absolutely hooked on them. I’ve always been a science fiction fan and when my mate told me about them .... hmmm well, I’ll give them a go.   Wow!!! As I was reading them I could hear the packs and canteens jangling and could almost smell the gun powder. Fantastic!!! I

Again a question you get everyday, can we have another Sharpe adventure please and can Pat be with him??

Sorry to bother you Mr Cornwell.

With many many thanks for your amazing work

Steve

A

I think there is a good chance of it!


Q

Correct me if I am wrong did Richard not have a son with lady Grace who was whisked away by her first husbands family on the grounds that he could have conceived by him. I do not seem to see any references to that son in later books, did he just disappear from Sharpe's life as Antonia did.

Bryan

A

Did he?  Honestly I don’t remember that!  Which doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, but I genuinely can’t remember it!

 


Q

Afternoon Mr Cornwell,

I’m an avid reader of your books, and have grown up and lived in Essex for most of my 34 years. I love the links to Benfleet and surroundings in Uthreds earlier adventures and notice in War of the Wolf you use some lines for the Battle of Maldon poem.

Have you ever considered your own version of this epic tale?

Cheers,

Iain Gear

A

I haven’t!  I do know the poem (and the battle-site) very well, but a story about Brythnoth and his defeat?  I think it’s unlikely, sorry.

 


Q

I'm a fan and have read most of what you've written.

I'm reading the Fort for the second time because I found it so fascination and counter-popular-belief (in the U.S.) the first time.  This note is to let you know, if you don't already, how poor is the synopsis offered by Amazon Kindle.  I can't quite count the number of factual errors their writer packed into a few short paragraphs.  Quoted below:

The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War kindle version by Bernard Cornwell (Author) .

>From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell—one of the greatest yet little-known skirmishes of the Revolution: the Penobscot Expedition, a battle that would reveal the true character of a legendary Revolutionary hero.

This new novel takes place during the very early days of the rebellion, or the War of Independence, in 18th century Massachusetts before Washington and before the organization of a colonial army. A small British fleet with a few soldiers on board had sailed in to be met, to their surprise, with an overwhelming strength of local militia.

Cornwell tells the story on both sides of the conflict, based largely on real figures, including of course Paul Revere (famous from the much later poem).

Daniel W. Billingsley

 

A

Ouch – that is a bit vague (and wrong!) Thank you – we’ll see if we can persuade them to be a little more helpful.

 


Q

Dear Mr Bernard.

I Live in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil , and like a lot your work. Please How Finan knows about the relation of time , when He talks to Berg and Lord Uthred “ Three hours to sunset ?”  Near Ceaster. Thank you a lot and sorry by my curiosity.

Sandoval Lage

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He would judge it by the height of the sun . . . if the only way you could tell the time was by the length of shadows or the height of the sun then you too would become good at estimating – the word ‘hour’ might not describe an exact period of sixty minutes, but I’ll bet they all knew what it meant!

 


Q

Hi Bernard,

I devour all the books you publish, especially Richard Sharpe.

i desperately hunt book stores for more Sharpie novels!

Have you ever thought of producing a series on the Boer war?

As a South African who has visited most of the battlefields, it would be of extreme interest.

You have an amazing skill that captures the reader from the 1st paragraph on page 1.

Please don't stop writing!!!!!!! I will be lost!

best regards,

Richard Lyon

A

I have thought of the Boer War, but I'm not sure it will happen...too many other things on the list!


Q

Hi Bernard

Is there any chance of a 1 off  book on Sweet Williams adventures in North America. I'd love to read your take on the Battle of Lundys Lane, the bloodiest battle in the war of 1812. It was a Tactical draw but a Strategic British Victory. There was honour on both sides and Sweet William as he missed Waterloo would be perfect for that battle. I know you can't say yes or no but please be tempted. British Soldiers in Canada like there ww2 descendents in Burma referred to themselves as forgotten. It'd be great to shine a light on them at least once

Regards,

Geraint

A

A one-off is not likely, but I promise to give it some thought....


Q

Dear Mr. Cornwell,

Thank you so much for the wonderful alternative realities you provide. I am a huge fan. Yesterday I discovered, and have since read, Gallows Thief. I so enjoyed getting to know Rider Sandman that have researched a bit and can't find any more references to him, apart from a reply you wrote in 2004 saying you might write another one some day. Is there any hope?

Thank you

Joanne Wilson in New Zealand.

A

Not sure there is much hope.....but never say never!


Q

Hi there.

I have all your books and loved them all.

Thanks very much for writing them.

The only thing I have been hanging out for - apart from your next book - is one that wraps up all the characters from the Sharpe series.

I have always wondered if d'Alembord survived.

How many kids did Sharpe finish up with?

How did Sweet William end up in North America?

What happened after Wellington gave Sharpe command at the end of Waterloo.

What happened to Jane.

Etc etc.

I guess you hear this all the time but I would really like to know.

Kind regards.

Andrew

 

A

There's a good chance of another Sharpe book.....


Q

Hello Mr. Cornwell,

First off, thanks for the excellent read. I'm a historical fantasy author and read the Last Kingdom with the intent to do research. It only took a few pages for me to combine my previous motivation with the joy of a story well told.

I'm writing a story that follows the Roman desolation of Carthage in 146 BCE. I read your Historical Notes in the Last Kingdom; about how you'd altered a few things such as Ubba being at one place as opposed to the historical timeline, as well as your justification for doing so. It prompted me to think about my own story and how I've clung to the timeline as told by ancient historians. Having read your story, and how you altered a few things, I wanted to know what your rational/process is for deciding if it's alright to replace individuals, events, etc.

Sincere thanks for your time,

Ian Shaughnessy

p.s. any pointers on traipsing the landscape of historical fiction would be greatly appreciated. This is some nit picky territory I've just entered.

 

A

My take on this is that we’re story-tellers, not historians. History rarely gives us a tale that will translate into fiction – it takes too long, or some part is lost to the record, or whatever – and our job is to entertain, not educate! It is important to get the background right, to be authentic, but it is fiction!  And I do think we have a duty to confess our sins in an endnote.  The landscape?? Go!

 


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