Your Questions

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hi Bernard, I am just enquiring about the "Starbuck Chronicles" series of book which I have read with great enjoyment several times, are there any plans for more books in this series? I await your reply and any future books in this series with great anticipation, from Mark.

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I hope to get back to Starbuck once Sharpe lays down his rifle for good.


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Dear Bernard. Having read the Sharpe books from end to end, and watched all the DVDs, there is one thing that struck me as odd. In the DVD of Sharpe's Waterloo, our hero gets stuck in with the troops at La Haye Sainte, and we see the famous closing of the gate that Wellington observed was so pivotal to the outcome of the battle. But surely that happened at Hougomont - both in reality and in your book. Artistic licence on the part of the film makers or just lack of attention to detail? Philip Orbell

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Artistic licence, and probably a certain amount of good sense. It saved building another set, and it also streamlined their storytelling - so it was certainly deliberate.


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Sean Bean has just been on BBC Radio 2 and has said that the New Sharpe, Sharpe's Challenge will be on TV in the UK on 23rd April, concluding on 24th April. Did you have any input into the story or is it all scriptwriter? Richard Pike

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It is loosely based on Sharpe's Tiger and, I think, Sharpe's Fortress, but loosely is the proper word - they've moved the tales from 1799 to 1817, mainly, I think, because Sean Bean felt uncomfortable playing Sharpe as a twenty year old. So I suspect it's fictitious with a loose basis on Seringapatam and Gawilghur.


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Thanks for all your Sharpe novels. I have enjoyed reading them. In the course of doing business with the Rifle Shoppe in Jones, Oklahoma I learned that you purchased a Baker rifle from them. I have 2 questions. Have you shot the Baker rifle? How many inches wide was your group at 50 yards? Bob Long

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There's a severe shortage of the Emperor's soldiers on Cape Cod so it's never been shot, and so far as I know it isn't proofed for firing.


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Hello! Just wanted to say I'm 1/2 way through Excalibur and it is as good as the others! I was wondering if you had ever thought about turning that series into a movie. Now I know with "Arthur", "First Knight" (ick!), and "Excalibur" (a great movie), it seems like the topic is covered. But it seems like your take is better than those and would still be original enough to draw attention. I was just curious. Thanks for the great books! Rick Fitzgerald

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I'd be happy to see it happen, but suspect it would be too expensive to make.


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Love your (many) books of course. Last year in the UK a series was shown on TV in which you presented (battlefields I think). I only managed to see half a programme (fustrating or what!). I would very much like to know what the series was called and if it is available on DVD. Regards, Robert M Corich

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The series is called 'Sharpe's War' and it was shown on the History Channel in the UK. As far as we know, it is still not available on DVD. But the History Channel may repeat the series so be on the lookout for it.


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Dear Bernard , I was just wondering if there are going to be anymore book in the Saxon Stories series . I have read through the two current books , and I am completely addicted to say the least . I really hope that you can make this into a series that rivals the Sharpe series .
Thom Seaman

Bernard, now you have finished Lords of the North, when will the sampler be available on your website?

You've said there will be perhaps nine or more books in the Saxon series. As you get further into it, have you developed a clearer idea of how many books will be involved?

You've also said that you want to finish current series before embarking on new story ideas. Does that mean there will only be Sharpe and Uthred (and maybe Starbuck) for the forseeable future, or do you have other books planned?

Finally, you indicated in a reply on your site a while ago that you could be visiting New Zealand in March. Is that so? If yes, will you be doing any book signings while you are here? If you are coming I hope you enjoy the trip and manage to catch some rugby. Bests. Chris

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The sampler is available now! Click on 'What's Coming' to find the book page for Lords of the North and a link to an exerpt from the book.

No! Maybe nine in all? Maybe seven? Maybe eleven? I'll know when I reach the end.

I do have others - stand alones - and with Sharpe, Uhtred and Starbuck that ought to keep me busy for another decade.

Sorry, no book signings scheduled for New Zealand, but I do hope to get to see some rugby!


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Hi Bernard, been a fan for so long, and at last a chance to communicate. Needless to say Sharpe is a dead set LEGEND! Mate as an ex-pat Scot living in Aussie (a "scaussie" even!) is Sydney in your plans whilst your Down Under? Would dearly love to attend a book signing. Long may yer pen write!! Cheers Morrie.

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My only public appearance will be at the Como Writers Festival in Melbourne on the 19th of February. Click on the Diary page for the details.


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Dear Bernard, 1) I was writing to ask if on your next tour of the UK whether you will be doing a book signing in Chelmsford Essex at all ??

2)I was also wondering, not including the next Barossa book how many more Sharpe novels do you think there will be and if it's not giving anything away what are the real historical battles that you would be most eager to get Sharpe too????

3) Seeing as it's a rather famous part of history have you ever considered the attempted invasion of the Spanish Armarda as a future topic???

4)In Sharpe's Waterloo it mentions that Fredrickson is serving in Canada. Will a spin-off book on Fredrickson's time in the war of 1812 ever be a possibility? Surely the Niagra campaign and Lundys Lane would be the sort of fight that would be right up Fredrickson's alley. With his enstragement with Sharpe and rejection by Lucille he seems well placed to belong with the "forgotten soldiers" as they called themselves over there. And have you read the memoirs of John Le-Couter a British light infantry officer diary who fought in the Niagra and Lundy's Lane by Donald Graves - if not I can recommend it. Yours sincerely, Geraint

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1) I don't know where I'll be - or even when the next book signing will be scheduled. But check the Diary page on occasion as all appearances will be posted there.

2)I honestly don't know, and have never really sat down to plan them out. Four more? Five more? Truly can't tell. I'd like him to be at the Siege of San Sebastian (I say in one of the earlier novels that he wasn't, but I might ignore that).

3) I've thought about it - not at length. The Elizabethan seamen interest me, so who knows?

4) Thanks for the recomendations! I've not thought about writing a book about Frederickson, but again it's a question of never say never!


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Hi Bernard. I have just finished the Pale Horseman and enjoyed it very much. With regard to Hubba, I was searching the internet and when reading some literature about my home town 'Appledore' in North Devon I read a paragraph stating the following: "Hubba, the Dane, landed here in the reign of Alfred the Great, and was discomfited and slain, with about 2000 men, before Kenwith Castle, which stood near Kenwith Lodge, in the adjoining parish of Abbotsham. Tradition says he was buried at the southern end of East Appledore, under a large stone, called Hubba stone." As you can imagine I am very excited to learn that this historic moment happened on my home turf. Do you think there is much truth in the statement, as the only mention of the Danes that I have ever heard of in this part of North Devon is in Croyde? I look forward to your response and keep up the great work. Ed May (North Devon).

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It's more than possible. The trouble, of course, is that we don't know where many of these things happened, and in this case we're dealing with the Battle of Cynuit which took so much pressure off Alfred in the grim winter when he was trapped in the marshes. Appledore is one strong candidate - as is the mouth of the Parret - I chose the latter, but truly it could be either!


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