Your Questions

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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I've read your a little more than half of your books including the Sharpe, Grail, and Starbuck series, plus Redcoat and Gallows Thief. I loved them all equally much. I have a few questions. I know that this is a very frequently asked question, but do you see yourself writing anymore Starbuck in the next 10 years? I'm dying to know how Starbuck gets his revenge on Blyth.

Also,anymore Sharpe coming soon?

I see your writing about Agincourt, does this have anything to do with Thomas' descendants?

Also, are you done writing the Saxon series? Austin Callaway

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There will be more Starbuck but I can't say for sure when.

There will be more Sharpe but not for a few years.

No relatives of Thomas of Hookton.

I'm not done with the Saxon series, it will continue.


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Hello Mr. Cornwell I just recently saw that you will be writing a new book, Agincourt? Will this be a whole new series? Or will it be a book like redcoat, just a one book story? Thank you for your attention I am just finishing reading one of The Starbuck books Copperhead to be exact and I really enjoyed it.
Tom

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Just a one book... I think... that could change... I'm not sure...


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I am an 18 year old student from North Wales, and I would just like to write you a brief letter to tell you how much I love your books. Starting with Sharpe's Tiger 10 years ago, I've managed to read all of the Sharpe, Starbuck, Arthur, Grail and Saxon series, along with Gallows Thief and the epic Stonehenge. Without a doubt, your work has influenced my reading preferences and writing style through the years, and I regularly re-read them. In fact, I'm currently finishing 'The Bloody Ground' for the twentieth time! I would just like to ask you if there are any more Starbuck novels in the pipeline? and if not, go on! You know you want to! Yours sincerely, Geraint Roberts

Dear Mr Cornwell, As I'm sure you hear often, I'm a big fan. I've read your novels since I was about 8 years old (thank my father). Recently I took interest in your Starbuck Chronicles; so much in fact that I have just finished writing an A level dissertation on the American Civil War. I noticed at the end of the last novel that, following normal practice at the end of a historical note, you put 'Starbuck will march again.' Without meaning to influence your work or worry your lawyers, I would dearly like to know if and when the Starbuck Chronicles will be continued. Thank you very much for your time. Thomas Stacey (1 of many number one fans)

Hi, thank you for recommending the book, Battle Cry Of Freedom to help me with my coursework it has been a great help!! Thank you very much!! Just another quick question though, one I bet you're asked all the time, will there be anymore Starbuck books, if so do you know when? I'm dying to know what happens next!! Thank you again Daniel McEvilly

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There will, but I don't know when....


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Hi, you have renewed my love for reading! I've read the Arthur books, Grail Quest, and the Saxon Stories. I am planning to start reading the Sharpe series. Do you suggest reading them in chronological order of Sharpe's time or in the order that you wrote them? Thanks!
Rémi

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I generally recommend reading the Sharpe books in chronological order. For a complete chronological listing of the books, click on the Sharpe books link to your right under 'select a book series'.


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hello, i really like all your books but have 2 questions. The first is that do you have a plan for how all the books will go, for instance in the Uhtred series did you have an idea of what would happen in Sword Song and in the future? and how rigid was this? Also with you living in the states now is this a problem with research for your book? Have you visited the places you vividly describe? Thank you, James

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I always do visit the places, because it's almost impossible to write a book about a place without walking the ground.

I rarely know what's going to happen in a book when I start it, so I just keep going, page by page, and the dialogue and action fall into place (I hope!).


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Hello Sir, I was wondering is it possible that you will be touring in Buffalo, New York? Bleu Marceaux

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No plans for it at the moment, sorry!


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Hello. As you can guess from the fact that I am writing to you I am a big fan of yours i have read all the Sharpe books, Arthur books, The Grail Quest and the Saxon stories. I have a couple of questions for you: What is your favourite Sharpe book of them all?

What is your favourite book out of all the ones you have written? Have you had any thoughts about sending Sharpe and Harper to the American civil war? Please, please tell me how long till the next in the book in the Saxon stories? They have probably been the best books that you have written.
Jack Way

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My favourite Sharpe book? I really like Siege, but I also really like Tiger, and Regiment and Trafalgar and Company, and many others. But my favourite Sharpe book is always the next one...

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 is almost as much fun and I take huge pleasure from Sharpe...

My God, they'd be doing it on Zimmer frames (walkers)! Maybe I can get sponsorship from Geritol and Viagra?? No, it won't happen, sorry!

I have not started the next book in the Saxon stories so I can't say for sure, but probably not until 2009.


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I very much enjoy your books, and now I am partially sighted, rely on audio books from the local library. However, your books (and many others) seem to take a long time to filter through in unabridged audio version. Is there any way this can be speeded up please? Keep up the good work. Many thanks, Alan Tongue (Oldham, Lancs)

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I don't know, but I'll be happy to enquire for you...


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I noticed on the American cover that the artist did not read how you described the hanging of the shields on the sides of the ship. (I think they "should" have been grouped tighter.) Do you get to comment on your covers before they are released? Great books, as a former writer, I take long pleasurable time with your works. I had control over the covers of the few books I did, and cannot imagine you do not. As you've learned from millions of us, great writing. Best part is you can write fast as well as great. Regards, Min Mr. Min S. Yee

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I do get to comment, but the comments don't always carry much persuasion, and in the end (especially in the US) it's a compromise between the marketing department and the art department, with my input way way down the list.


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Dear Mr. Cornwall, Odd how things taste better when you try them again. In my early twenties I picked up a Sharpe novel my Father had finished and couldnt get into it. Then fifteen years later I couldnt get enough of them, or indeed your other works. I wont bore you with in depth questions, although there are hundreds Id like to ask, but I would like to ask if you have smoked? Some of your characters are anti-smoking, but some comment on pipes and cigars with obvious relish. Im not pursuing political correctness, its just that being a pipe and cigar smoker Im curious about some of the experienced comments on pipes. Got to add the obvious fan statement though - I love your books and always look forward to the next release. Thank you for untold hours of entertainment. I reread while new books are in preparation and have, on more occasions than Id like to admit, stopped in lay-bys to finish a Sharpe book off when I should have been getting on with work. Tony Long

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Cigars . . . . . doctors tell me they'll kill me, but I've yet to see a doctor live forever.