Your Questions

Q

Bernard:

I have just finished reading 'Stormchild' for the third time and enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

I think I have read all of your other sailing books.

So how about writing a new one?

Joe

A

Maybe....someday....when I retire?


Q

Love all your Sharpe books Mr Cornwell. How difficult would it be to create a Sharpe/Hornblower crossover book and how do you think they would get on and think of each other? Great debate I've had with a number of fellow friends and fans of both.

Craig Johnson

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I’ve never been tempted to let them meet, mainly because it would be a copyright nightmare!


Q

Hello there!

I am a big fan of yours and have been for many years. I am also a Primary school teacher in England and we now have a new curriculum for history with a unit 'Vikings v Anglo-Saxons'. (Maybe Mr. Gove is also a fan?) Anyhow, I have been sorely tempted to read parts Uhtred's adventures to Year 6 - it would certainly bring it alive for them! Have you or your publishers ever considered bringing out an edited version for children?

Thank-you for many, many happy hours of reading and listening via the audiobooks.

Cath Luckham

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We’ve never considered it! It’s really not a bad idea, but lord only knows where I’d find the time to do all the editing. Still, I’ll think about it, and thank you!

 


Q

Hi Bernard,

Just finished the Empty Throne and thought that this was the best yet with Uhtred the hero once more. I did not see the end coming, wonderful.  You have a gift for sure and I look forward to many more books as diverse as you like but I do wonder if the young Uhtred may replace his father as he ages or you may do an Alan a Dale from Angus Donald and relate stories from his Uhtred's youth? Thanks for some epic reading,

Pete McG.

 

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I’m not sure, is the answer! It’s certainly a possibility, but I think I’ll just have to wait and see how the series turns out!


Q

Bernard,

I loved how you did the Saxons,Jutes,& Angels,in your Arthur series,& how you write Uhtred,any chance that you will do a novel or 3 from the Saxons viewpoint as they came to Britain?

Cheers

Wayne

 

A

I’ve thought about doing that, but so far haven’t found the time! Maybe one day?

 


Q

Hello,

Don't have a question. Just wanted to say that I am a great fan of yours and your Saxon novels are superlative and have given me many pleasurable hours of reading in my spare time. Earnestly hope you don't stop the series, ever. To put things into context I have been an abiding Viking fan long before you started writing (have read the Norse sagas, learnt a bit of Old Norse as well as visited  archeological burial sites in Scandinavia). Your novels add fun to the history though from a British perspective. Any chance you'll visit India, specifically Mumbai, ever to give a talk? There isn't much of a market for historical fiction from overseas in India but I am an Indian who's different. Always have loved ancient European history specifically warrior tribes and tales of battle. Anyway keep up the good work, sir and god bless you ( and England! )

Adit George Mathai

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I have been to India and who knows?  Perhaps I will go back one of these days!


Q

Hi!

I'm a great admirer of your work, I've read many of your books and I really love the Saxon Stories. I got really excited when I heard it would become a TV series, but I haven't been able to read any news since last year!

Can you give us more details? When is the expected release date? Will we see something this year?

Thank you! And thank you for all the books you've written, they're amazing!

Murilo

 

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I wish I could!  There's a chance we might see it at the end of this year, but I don't know any more than you do really!


Q

Hi,  Of all your books you have written which ones are your favorites?

Jon Hadley

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Hard to say....I've always reckoned the Arthur trilogy are my favourite books - maybe because they were such a pleasure to write.  But I find Uhtred almost as much fun - and Sharpe is always enjoyable too!

 

 

 


Q

Dear Bernard,

I just finished Waterloo and enjoyed it tremendously. I really liked the design of the book too, with the regimental badges at the beginning of each chapter and the carefully chosen paintings at the ends. As a painter myself, I always wish books that use these historical works of art would give more of the technical details. I loved your account of how Lady Butler painted Scotland For Ever with the Scots Greys CHARGING her at her easel! And I have the nerve to call myself a plein air painter (hides face in shame). I have searched every site I could, including the Leeds Gallery, and can't get an answer to my question: how big is this canvas? If you know, I wish you'd tell me.  An educated guess is fine.  It looks absolutely ginormous.

Thank you!

Medrith

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Offhand I’ve no idea!  But as she painted it on her easel, out of doors, I suspect it’s not huge. I confess I’ve never seen the original. Just reproductions!


Q

Any theater this summer in Chatham?

Thanks for all the stories.

Henry

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Yes!  The schedule has been posted to the homepage of this website.  I look forward to appearing in three plays this year:  Agatha Christie's The Hollow; The Underpants by Carl Steinheim, adapted by Steve Martin; and A Midsummer's Night Dream.