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I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you, as a loyal Bernard Cornwell fan especially the Sharpe series I have to congratulate you. Unusually compared to many 'action/adventure' writers your books are not only good to read but inspiring as well. I literally knew nothing about the peninsular war before reading them and yet now I could probably claim to be quite knowledgeable on the subject. That is entirely your fault you realise as Sharpe totally inspired me to read some of the many other books on the subject. The big question of course is where to set the next one? My suggestion would be Albuera, I'll leave it up to you how Sharpe and Harper could get some 200km south of Fuentes de Oñoro in 10 days to be on time but if you could do it it would be great. Albuera was such a violent, moody and yet still such a dramatic battle that it's a shame Sharpes not been there before& Andy Hunt

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You're right - Albuhera would be great, but the next Sharpe book will almost certainly be Barossa - so Albuhera might be the one after, or might not!


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Hello Sir I would like to say firstly that I love your books. The Derfel Books are my favourite. I have one question that is what do you think about the idea of Arthur reaching America, and the legends of the Welsh Indians? Thank you. Sarah.

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I know about both, but I confess I think about neither. Both seem a bit unlikely to me, but who knows?


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Hello Mr. Cornwell. I am a person who is really into things in the past whether it be objects or stories. The first book I read of yours was Harlequin. After reading this book, I coudn't believe that I didn't find your books sooner! I have since read and own all of the Grail Quest books and I am now reading The Last Kingdom. I was wondering if you could tell me how many books you are planning to write for the Saxon Stories? Also, since reading all of the Grail Quest books, I couldn't help but think that they would make amazing movies. Hopefully one day someone will pick up on that and create these movies. While I was reading these books I always imagined Guy of Vexille to be Rufus Sewell. This actor makes a really good "bad guy". When I was in the middle of the Grail Quest trilogy, my mind was soaring as to what my ancestors were doing in that time. I spent quite a while on the internet trying to find "people from the past" when I finally came across a mans name from the 1300's. This is the farthest back that anyone has ever found. What made me even more excited was when I read that he was a french archer! What a coinsidence! Since then I have also found my family crest which has three silver sheilds with three arrow heads on each of them. My family is from France so when I was searching for information, I kept coming across my last name, only it was split in two to make it du Be, which means of Be. I have never heard of Be before in my life and it's now making me wonder if my last name is Dube or if it is just Be! (pronounced dubay or bay) I would like to thank you once again for your books. I am looking forward to reading many more to come. And thank you for giving me my curiosity to search into my past, because without your writing, I might have given up on my search long ago. -Julia Dube

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Thank you for your message Julia. How many books in the Saxon series? Don't know for sure - more than three, less than 12?


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dear sir to start , sorry for sending that 1st e mail I'm a bit club fisted , but I have a great urge to re-ask you a question you have probably been asked thousands of times, when is Nate Starbuck coming back into our live? I'm rereading the chronicles for the 4th time and would like to see were he goes, and finally is Patrick Lassan a relation of Sharpe, his son !!! keep up the great work yours, Jim Barry

Mr. Cornwell: If I were to find Nate Starbuck resting on his haunches at the edge of a thicket and he was to ask me, "When will I march again?", what should I tell him? Thanks for your reply. Sam Harrison

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Yes, Lassan is Sharpe's son.

It would be nice if I finished Starbuck, wouldn't it? He was interrupted by Sean Bean, by which I mean that when the Sharpe TV programmes went on air it seemed sensible (profitable) to have more Sharpe books, so I temporarily gave up Starbuck to return to Sharpe and he's rather engaged me ever since - and goes on keeping me busy because there will be a new two part Sharpe TV film next year - Sharpe's Challenge. I think that when Sharpe finally lays down his rifle I'll go back to Starbuck . . . . it will happen (I hope).


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Hello Mr.Cornwell, I have been a fan of yours ever since I picked up an old well-read copy of Sharpe's Eagle. I've now read all your books and look foward to each forthcoming release. I'm hoping the next Sharpe novel is the Vimiero-Rolica campaign as it is a missing chapter that I look foward to enjoying as I read the whole series again from scratch. From my own understanding Albuera and Barossa could also fit into Sharpe's timeline. Also,whilst not trying to give you ideas for a novel, and enjoying the novels of Scarrow and Wilcox, a historical-novel set during the New Zealand wars of the 1860's would seem a winner to me. Especially since it had exotic mercenaries leading irregular units like Von Tempskys forest rangers. An ideal command for Patrick Lassan,maybe? Thanx for your time.
T. Slaine O'brennan

I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you, as a loyal Bernard Cornwell fan especially the Sharpe series I have to congratulate you. Unusually compared to many 'action/adventure' writers your books are not only good to read but inspiring as well. I literally knew nothing about the peninsular war before reading them and yet now I could probably claim to be quite knowledgeable on the subject. That is entirely your fault you realise as Sharpe totally inspired me to read some of the many other books on the subject. The big question of course is where to set the next one? My suggestion would be Albuera, I'll leave it up to you how Sharpe and Harper could get some 200km south of Fuentes de Oñoro in 10 days to be on time but if you could do it it would be great. Albuera was such a violent, moody and yet still such a dramatic battle that it's a shame Sharpes not been there before& Andy Hunt

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You're right - Albuhera would be great, but the next Sharpe book will almost certainly be Barossa - so Albuhera might be the one after, or might not! Rolica and Vimeiro? I guess it's possible, but not in my plans at the moment.

The New Zealand Wars? One day, maybe, but no promises. Does sound good, though - shouldn't a New Zealander write it?


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I have read 'the Last Kingdom' and bought and read 'the Pale Horseman' as soon as it was released, absolutely brilliant. How long have I got to wait for the next installment of Uthred? still I'm enjoying the Arthur books while I wait. Thanks, Paul

When is the next saxon story comming out? Ilove it. Bennie Kyte

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The next book - now most likely to be called Lords of the North Country - will hopefully be published in the UK next June (sorry, still don't know the US publication date).


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Hello Bernard: I'm reading The Last Kingdom at the present, and am enjoying it very much. Looking forward to reading The Pale Horseman when it's out in paperback. It is available in trader here in Vancouver, but I can wait. In the meantime I've had the bookstore in my neighbourhood order Stonehenge. Just wanted to ask you if you have relatives here in Vancouver. About a year ago a girl who works at the videostore in my neighbourhood told me that you had been searching for your birth relatives, and that you'd traced some of your blood relatives to Vancouver and that she met you. She said she is your niece. Have a Merry Christmas! Kathryn McMullen

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She did not lie. My real father (as against my adopted one) lives in Victoria, and his progeny have spread across British Columbia. They're a great family.


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I have recently had the joy of reading your Sharpe book, having received 18 of them for free from a neigbbour, I would just like to say how glad I am that I have been introduced to them. You probably know the saying "never judge a book by it's cover" but with your books I did, and I loved the covers and I love your books, so a credit to the artist of the UK version of Sharpe's sword. One question, although I hate to be rude. Is it actually you, Bernard Cornwell, that answers these questions or do you have a group of people (sorry for the bad description) that answer them for you? Thanks, Stuart

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It's only me.


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hello Mr Cornwell. I have been reading your books and I love the Sharpe ones the best. I have also read two of the grail quest books, and I have found some similarities between them, such as the both raise up the ranks from humble backgrounds, and I was just wondering if you intended this. Also, I'm sorry if this is too personal and I will totally understand, but I was wondering if you ever put your own views and opinions in your books. Thank you for taking the time to read and answer my questions. Chris

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I suppose there is a similarity, though it wasn't intentional. Thomas of Hookton is educated, which Sharpe emphatically isn't, and Thomas is much 'gentler' born, so he was downwardly mobile while Sharpe is upwardly mobile.

I'm sure some of them are, but equally there are views which are anathema to me and are also in the books. I guess all I can usefully say is that my friends reckon they hear my voice when they read the first person books (Alfred and Arthur series) - so I shall let you draw your own conclusions.


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Hello Bernard. I note that you plan to come to Australia to a book festival in Melbourne in February next year. Do you plan to visit any other of our fine cities? I will certainly try to get to Melbourne whilst you are here, but Australia is similar in size to continental USA. Nonetheless, we Australian Sharpaholics will welcome you warmly to our fine shores. I do hope that you enjoy your stay. Kindest regards, Warren Bishop, Canberra Australia.

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Thank you! I'm looking forward to my visit. Not sure if I will get to any other cities, but keep an eye on the Diary page just in case.


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