Your Questions

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I truthfully believe I have read nearly everything you have written except for the Civil War and the Arthur series.. A question...I notice in the Sharpe series, that you often go back and insert a book between those you have already written. Isn't this extremely difficult for you to do and how do you keep your events in such great chronological order? It would seem to me to be extremely hard to make certain all of the events preceeding and afterwards tie in together without contradicting each other. Thanks, Peary Perry

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I don't always keep it straight and there are inconsistencies, but hopefully they don't interfer with the stories too much.


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I am reading the Sharpe series for the first time. What a great read! So far my favorite has be Sharpes Escape. Read it then reread it. My question have you considered writing about the period betwenn Sharpe's Trafalger and Sharpe's Prey? I went from one to the other thinking that "Now I would find out how he joined the rifles" instead I was rocketed off to Copenhagn. What happen when he joined? What got him stuck as a QuarterMaster? What happened as he tried to entry country society? You left a lot of tantalizing crumbs in Prey that sketches out what happened but I can see that period giving more insight into his character etc. In other questions I have seen your answer as "never say never" I hope you will say the same to this one. Thank you again for writing.

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I'm not likely to take Sharpe back in time again but, as you say - never say never!


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I wonder, as I'm living in Belgium. if we could see Sharpe fighting at the side of the Belgians for their independence in 1830. This would bring a new confrontation with the Prince of Orange, now king of the Netherlands. Yours sincerely Eddy

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I have a feeling that 'Silly Billy' would never want to meet Sharpe again - which makes your suggestion very inviting. Thank you.


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Re: Sharpe's Regiment. Historic notes; there is a criptic reference to a modern day Foulness. Anything you can add? Do you think such a place did exisit in 1813, (or that this sort of camp has been in exsistance all along?) I can't stand the mystery!! :) Thank you, Laura

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Foulness certainly existed then - and nearby were the Shoebury Barracks, which still exist (though no longer as part of the Ministry of Defence). I doubt there was a secret army camp on Foulness in 1813 (that was fiction), but it was a super-secret base when I was growing up in Essex in the 1950's and 60's. It was an artillery testing ground - and all sorts of mysterious things happened there. I used to sail around that coast and there were always odd explosions. You're right - a mystery. I fear I cannot explain it!


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Read all you books. Have all the DVDs. Watch Sharpe's war every time it is shown on TV. Is Starbuck going to make a comeback? loved the way you weaved "Patrick" in to the story. Are there going to be any more Sharpe films? Roll on October so I can get my head into your latest book. Best Regards to you and your family, Richard

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Starbuck will be back.

It does seem hopeful that there will be another Sharpe film. We'll post details as we get them.


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Hello Mr. Cornwell I've read several of your books and enjoyed every one of them except Stonehenge. (No body's perfect). I'm now reading Stormchild and since I was born and raised in Kalamazoo I was wondering how you came to use that city as Jackie the investigater's home base. It is an unusual name that most people have never heard of. Regards, Jim

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What a wonderful name! Kalamazoo! I've never been there, but always loved the name. That's it, really.


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Hello, love your books, should not have killed off Teresa. Are you planning a series on Robin Hood? If you did Robin Hood the same way as the Arthur books,hot dog. Why do some of your books come out in paper then hard? Look forward to your next novel, regards Nicholas. P.S. Were you hungry as a child?

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Robin Hood? I have thought about it, but don't have plans for it right now.

All my books come out as hardback editions first. Paperbooks usually follow about one year later.

No.


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I'd really enjoy another title in the Starbuck Chronicles. Could you let me know if anything is in the process. Thanks. Paul Stevens

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Nothing at the moment.


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Dear Bernard, I know more Sharpe is in the works but don't we have some unfinished business with Arthur and Thomas of Hookton? The journey of both these characters has a way to go and I fully expect to come along for the ride. Also, I have asked this question before but it would be a thrill for your legion of fans and quite rewarding for you if your publisher came out with a collectors edition alla the Hornblowers series, of Sharpe. I would envision the release date around Christmastime so all the Sharpaphilles would have visions of sugar plums in their heads. Thanks for the all too short hours of reading pleasure, Mike

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It is not likely the publishers would put out a collection edition until the series is done - and it ain't done yet!


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Dear Mr. Cornwell Thanks for many amazing books. You've probably read that a billion times now but it needs to be said! First off I've noted with disappointment that it seems unlikely you will write anything else in the Arthurian trilogy-hope that might not be the case...? Also, force that as a film licence on someone, with a gun if necessary, it's a crime that it hasn't happened already and Hollywood's supoosed recent 'historic' version was about as believable as Alien3. Another question is, I have recently noted a theme that is almost...critical of Christianity in your work. I'm aware this is a delicate subject so I understand if you refuse to answer it! However I'm a Theology & Religious Studies student so found it quite interesting-Derfel eventually renounces Christianity (and even if he didn't I would still have been left feeling that he was much more at home with paganism) the Grail Quest sees generally unpleasant characters torturing their way to the grail, and finally I recently noted that Uhtred looks upon Christianity as a bit 'sissy' (best word I could think of). Indeed there are plenty of exceptions on both sides of the coin, it's just thematically it seems more against than for to me. It's just something I could write an essay on like people do with classical writers, I thought I might as well take advantage of the fact I can still ask you! Indeed this idea may have only come about thanks to my own opinions, sorry for the ramble and I apologise in advance if I inadvertently offend you or anyone who reads it should you/they happen to have a particularly strong faith. Also apologise if these are repeatedly asked questions... Thanks for your time answering our questions and writing great stuff, Jamie

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Alas, the Arthur stories are done and I do not plan to add to them.

Religion was more prominent in the past than it is today - so religion has to play a fairly large role in any historical novel. However, I try not to intrude my personal beliefs into my novels.


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