Your Questions

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Question, reread Sharpe’s Prey with Patrick Harper (as a sailor) and other Rifleman from later in series.  How is it that Sharpe and Harper do not appear to know each other in later Spain/Portugal?  How can he be sailor also?

Loren Coen

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I have no idea what you mean, sorry. Sharpe and Harper are inseparable in Spain and Portugal – and at Waterloo!

 


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Mr. Cornwell,

let me first state that I’m a big fan. I think I’ve read all your books. I just finished the Sharpe series (took me about a month) and was wondering if you intended to do another one on him, maybe in later life?  Also, I’m anxiously waiting to see Uhtred again...

John Balian

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I am considering another Sharpe....it just may be the next book I write.


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I have just finished The Fort and thought this was a missed opportunity. It could have introduced the back story of 'Sweet' William Frederickson. Do you have any intention of writing his backstory and how he received his injuries?

Bob Wood

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I don’t think it was an opportunity – if Frederickson had been at Penobscot Bay he would have had to be about, say, 19, and a redcoat, which would have made him 50 plus by the time he meets Sharpe. Maybe one day I’ll write his backstory – no promises, just a maybe.

 


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Hi Bernard,

Long time fan. I have some questions. Are there any plans to come to Australia?

I saw your cameo in last kingdom season 3. Whose idea was it to kill you taking a leak? And if there was another series of yours to go to tv which one would you like it to be?

Next Finan or Harper? Which Irishman is better?

You still inspire me to write so please continue.

Regards

Drew

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I confess it was entirely mine, and I’m rather proud of it!  The director wanted me to become separated from the other ‘rogues’ and I just said, ‘so what if I stop to piss?’. The rest you saw.

I’m entirely happy with the present series. I’ve always maintained that my job is to put words on a page, not pictures on a screen, so I really don’t think about TV possibilities!

They’re both splendid! Of course they are, they’re Irish. No point in trying to rank them!

 

 


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Hi Bernard,

Currently enjoying Uhtred's latest adventure, but I have to wonder about the name of main antagonist Skoll? Were you inspired by the name due to a particular lager advert featuring Hagar the Horrible? Or did such a ruthless character by that name actually exist?

Robert Douglas

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It was a Norse name , which is why I used it, and, having lived a very sheltered existence, I had no idea that it was also the name of a lager.

 


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As an Englishman now emigrated to Massachusetts, I have been writing while I wait for my work visa. I have had trouble finding the confidence to write a story set in a country of which I am not a native.

Any tips to help immerse yourself in a foreign country or culture to help this?

As a lifelong fan from years 8-23, thank you for the hundreds of hours of entertainment, and for fuelling a huge interest in history.

Best,

JP

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I suspect it’s difficult – for all us emigres – to feel fully confident writing about our ‘host’ country – there are so many details which we didn’t learn growing up. Still think how well Lee Child does it! One cheat, of course, is to see the place through a stranger’s eyes, otherwise it’s simply write it as best as you can and check any uncertainties with American friends. If it’s a good story then the odd inaccuracy won’t matter a damn – really!


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Hello Mr. Cornwell,

I'm a big fan from Brazil, really enjoy reading your books. While rereading the warlord Chronicles, for the first time after having read Uhtred, I've noticed some coincidences between them, one of them being the name of the main character's daughters, Seren and Stiorra, which both mean "star", and the other being the place where Derfel fights Liofa, which is the same where, some four hundred years later, Uhtred will defeat Haesten's fleet. Was this intentional? And another thing, when will "War of the Wolf" be available for us in Brazil?

Thank you for your time

Best regards

Lucas

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Certainly Stiorra and Seren were intentional . . . as Baptiste says in The Taming of the Shrew, ‘I have a daughter’.  I don’t think the other was intentional, but as I grew up about two miles away I suspect I was just using the familiar and, to be candid, had completely forgotten about Derfel fighting Liofa!

I don't know exactly when War of the Wolf will be available in Brazil - but I believe it will be sometime this year (hope so anyway!).

 


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I have just finished "War of the Wolf " a brilliant book (as always).  When is your next book due?

Marilyn Mayo

 

 

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The next book of Uhtred's tale (no title just yet....) should be available in October of this year.


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Dear Bernard

Firstly thank you for Uhtred and the whole of the series - I am currently on book 10 and have loved them all.

I have equally loved and enjoyed the BBC & Netflix TV series adaptations but would like to ask your feelings about and involvement in the series 3 scripts. The changes in events and storylines - even inventing some new ones was a shock to me (particularly killing Ragnar) and although they where handled well they were not what was written by you and thus changed something that did not need changing.

It has left me feeling a little frustrated - I hate it when a great story is not followed properly and I would like to know your thought as the creator of that work.

Thank you again for your work and I look forward to reading much more in the future .... although I'm a little scared of reading the Sharpe books as I've watched every episode and worry how they may have been changed too!!!

Kind regards

Georgina


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I have noticed that as Uhtred gets older he more frequently refers to the brutality of the shield wall.  As a retired infantry officer I understand his growing understanding that there will be war and he will fight but there really isn't any glory in it.  I wondered if that was what you planned for Uhtred or was it your understanding of war as you wrote more about it with Uhtred, Sharpe, and Starbuck?

Edward Marty

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It’s very much my understanding of combat . . . that the exhilaration of youth (not to mention the pure fear) is tempered by experience, and enthusiasm is turned into regrettable necessity. That cannot be an absolute rule, each case is surely different, but though Uhtred might go willingly into battle he has learned only too well of the horrors he will face, that he will inflict and that he might suffer. Maybe he began believing in the glory of war, but he has come to know its pity.