Your Questions

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Hello, Mr. Cornwell. I stumbled across "The Last Kingdom" when it came out, purchased it because the cover looked interesting and have since then read "The Arthur books", "Stonehenge", "The Grail Quest", and "The Pale Horseman". My appetite for your books is insatiable, and I have read many of the books I have more than once. I am interested in reading the Sharpe books- would you recomend reading in the order written, or in historical order?
Joel Surgeon

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I generally recommend reading them in chronological order. You will find a correct listing of the books on the Sharpe books page of this website.


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I have greatly enjoyed nearly all of your books, the ones I haven't enjoyed I haven't found as yet but I continue looking. In any case my question concerns the Penguin editions sold in the US. Are they your complete novels? Several people have assured me they are based on the screenplays of your novels. I would hate to think I must start purchasing them all again. Thanks Jim Johnston

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The films are based on the novels - not the other way around. The Penguin editions are the complete books.


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Mr. Cornwell, I am a huge fan of your Sharpe series. I'll admit, I was introduced to the novels through the movies (big Sean Bean fan), but I quickly went through every one of the older books (many of time two or three times) and devoured every new one within days of it's release. I was just wondering if you have a certain number more you plan to write and if you know when the next one will be out? Thanks a lot! -Carrie Dragicevic

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A new Sharpe is just out - Sharpe's Fury. After that? How many more Sharpe? I honestly don't know, and have never really sat down to plan them out. Four more? Five more? Truly can't tell.


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I enjoyed reading "Redcoat". It sure seems to me a follow on book is required. What happens to Sam and Caroline in the new country?
Bill Steen

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Sorry Bill - no plans for a sequel.


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Dear Bernard. I really must write to congratulate you on your work. The Arthur trilogy is my favourite with the Grail Quest following a close second. I just hope that one day we will get to see the Arthur trilogy on the big screen. Dark age warlords, confederates, riflemen, saxons and archers, whats next? oh go on, put me out of my misery. Adam Chandler

Hi,I am a huge fan of yours.I own and have read and reread all the books from the following series of your books:The Arthur Books , Stonehenge , The Grail Quest ,and The Saxon Stories.Lords of the North being my latest .I would like to thank you for renewing a fascination I have held for medieval Great Britain .I especially liked the Arthur BOOKS.The arthurian legend is particularly interesting as there is so many opinions on its authenticity and there are many variations of the story. My question I have ,is there any future plans to translate either the arthur books or the saxon stories to film,whether it takes the form of amovie or a t.v. mini series? The sharpe series was very good on screen and I think that either the arthur books ,or the saxon stories would be as good or better. I feel qualified to say this as I own the complete set of the sharpe dvds.I am also on my third reading of the arthur books. You are a gifted storyteller,keep the books coming as I can`t wait to read the next segment of Uhtred`s adventures. possibly your greatest north american fan, David Woodcock

Hi, First, thanks for giving me so much pleasure from reading since I picked up a copy of Sharpes Eagle paperback in the early 1990's at Hammicks! Now, about your three magnificent and wonderful trilogies (Arthur, Grail Quest, Alfred) ... we have seen in recent years by directors such as Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Peter Jackson (LOTR trilogy) how well epics can be done if the right guy is at the helm with the right budget and team... Is there any chance of you demanding a production of that quality (and scale) when they finally come to you for the movie rights rather than a cheap and cheerful one? Finally I'd just like to add my voice to all the others asking for a sequel to Gallows Thief and a finish for the Starbuck Chronicles - and once again, thanks for so much pleasure over the years! Philip Livingstone

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Thank you! No plans for more films at the moment, but I'd be happy to see it happen.


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I am working my way with much satisfaction through your Sharpe novels. I have seen the listings for the proposed tour of signings for 'Sharpe's Fury'. Can you tell me if this is an exhaustive itinerary, or will other venues be added? I shall have to travel from Scotland otherwise. All best wishes, and many thanks for the excellent books. Keith Lindsay

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No plans to add any other venues as far as I know.


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I enjoy the Sharpe books very much. I noticed in your diary section you have listed your UK book tour for Sharpes Fury. Do you have a US book tour planned? Hopefully close to home in Massachusetts?
Lynne

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Sorry Lynne - no plans for a US book tour at this time...


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dear sir, sorry to take up your time but could you tell me in which title Sharpe is promoted from ensign to lt. I thought that I had followed chronologicly but I can't seem to pick the correct novel. thank you very much for you time. Graham Fitzpatrick

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He's an Ensign in India, after that, because he joins the Rifles (who didn't use the rank Ensign) he's a lieutenant.


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Dear Mr Cornwell I am sorry to say that I am a latecomer to the Sharpe stories but I have become hooked on them through the series presently being shown on BBC America. Although, unfortunately, I missed the first few movies I have made sure I never missed another one through the miracle of the VCR. I had two questions but my first one about Sharpe's daughter with Terese (I hope I got her name right)and why he never mentions her any more has pretty well been answered in a previous question. Now - what happened to Patrick's Ramona and their baby? When they defeated Napoleon the first time, Sharpe returned to England to find Jane and his money and Patrick returned to Ireland - but seemingly without Ramona (his wife) and their child. Then in Sharpes Waterloo he turns up again talking about his life in Ireland - and still no mention of Ramona. When Sharpe's Challenge comes on this Saturday will Lucille now also be out of the picture? I am going to buy the Sharpe books now and catch up on everything that I have missed. Thank you. : Patricia Vanderhoof

Dear Mr. Cornwell, I am ashamed to say that I have not read any of your books. But I am off to the library with a long list after visting your website and viewing the Sharpe series on BBCAmerica. I love the Sharpe character and am excited to read some of your other works, based on what the readers have written here. I know that Hollywood often deviates from the original stories and that you probably can't explain their reasons. In the televised series, Rowena and the child (Harper's child) just seem to have disappeared. So my question is this, did I miss something? Or is their fate explained in one of the books? Okay, technically, that is two questions. Thank you in advance for your answer. Best Regards, Debra

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I think they just became surplus to requirements. Happens in books too and it's annoying. I do it, and even I find it annoying.


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Hi Mr Cornwell, Ive just finished reading the Lords Of The North and was wondering when the next novel will be ready approx ??? I have found myself being pulled back in history to that distant time and I thank you for the joy that i get from reading your books, talk about addictive !!!! Thanks for your time and all the Best ! Dave Worthington

Dear Bernard, Last night I finished Lords of The North and this morning I bought Sharpe's Fury at Waterstones in Oxford Street. So far, so good. It all goes wrong when I read you have started Uhtred no 4 to be published next autumn.What do we all do in the meantime? If you don't want to spill the beans at least you could tell us when they will be spilt. Yours ever, Lee Menzies

I finished your book Lords of the North a while ago and have been wondering since whether you are going to write any more, as it seemed to me that not all the threads had been tied off ... Francesca

I just finished your three stories of the saxons. I immediately went searching for the next story because the story is not finished yet. My question: when may expect the 4th book about the Saxons and the Danes? Jeroen Tans

Mr. Cornwell, Thank you so much for the books you write. The Sharpe series got mythen 15 year old, son .We read all of them, Arthur, the Archer and now the Saxon series together. Will there be more than three books in the Saxon series? If so, when do you think they will be released? Again, thanks for such wonderful books. Lance Jones

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I have started on the fourth book of the series and hope it will be ready for publication in October 2007. I don't know yet how many there will be in the series, but I imagine at least five and maybe as many as eight.


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