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Thomas of Hookton; OK, so you have finished with the quest for the holy grail, but this giant of a man, this wonderful character... You have said that he will return. I know that Heretic came out in October 2003, but that is nearly three months ago! Must you sleep at nights? Must you stop writing to have your Christmas dinner? I am an Englishman who has retired to the depths of Wales. During the winter months, I am a 'rainbird' in Florida. I have only recently discovered your wonderful works (although I already knew about Sharpe). If you have the time to reply, I would dearly love to know if you have started off with another Thomas book. Best wishes for the new year, and may your mind continue to run through your pen. Tony Allison.

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Herewith the bad news. I have started another Thomas of Hookton book, then stopped it - mainly because I felt that his story ended in Heretic and I was just trying to get too much for him. Which doesn't mean I won't pick the idea up again sometime in the future, but I hate to tell you that there won't be another Thomas of Hookton book this year - or next. But there will be something else and I'm sure you'll enjoy it!


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Mr. Cornwell, I completely enjoy the "Sharpe" series. The novels are fast-paced, and are a worthy successor to the Forester "Horatio Hornblower" series of naval adventure novels. It was rather sad, however, to see the "Sharpe" series essentially draw to a close -- in terms of timeline -- with the death of Napoleon. May I suggest a post-Napoleon theme ? Perhaps Lt. Col. Sharpe may make a return to India, in the 1820's, and tangle with the insidious and mysterious Thugees ? This period in Indian/British colonial history is a very interesting one -- yet goes largely ignored by modern-day authors. Mr. Sharpe could well be in the employ of the Foreign Service...a representative of some commercial house...return as a brigadier to organize and advise a colonial militia...this reader shall leave those details up to you. It would truly be interesting to know what became of Mr. Sharpe, in his latter years. As an aside, RE: the "Starbuck" series, there was a family from North Weymouth, Massachusetts, by the name of Starbuck. Several of this family were involved in the Civil War. One family member, a Major Starbuck ( whose first name I cannot recall ), was a surgeon in the 18th. Mass. Volunteer Militia, and ( curiously, for a surgeon ) fell at Spotsylvania. There is a monument to him, and other Weymouth fallen, in a very old burial ground situated in North Weymouth ( once called "Old Spain ), in the vicinty of the Abigail Adams Homestead. As you reside on the Cape, you may find this a somewhat interesting. I look forward to reading the next "Sharpe" installment. Very truly yours, J. Casey

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Maybe Sharpe will - I never quite know what he will do till he does it, but a return to India would be interesting - and the Thugs are fascinating. I do find your Starbuck story interesting, thank you! I was hugely annoyed by one (US) review that chided me because Starbuck was such an 'unAmerican' name, when it was, of course, well known on Nantucket and also, indeed, the name of the First Mate of the Pequod in Moby Dick. Don't get much more Yankee than that! So thank you, and the next time I'm in Weymouth I'll look for the gallant Starbuck.


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Dear Mr Cornwell, I came across your Sharpe books quite by mistake, but what a mistake! I then read all of the Sharpe series one after the other, often reading a book in one sitting. I very recently came across Sharpes Havoc. A tremendous surprise! For some reason I thought Sharpe was finished! I thought I would give Gallows Thief a try over Christmas and I just could not put it down. Wasn't it just like that green jacketed rifle officer to help Sandman out when he was in trouble?! Excellent! Did you know that Brian Lavery in 'Jack Aubrey Commands' says "The best fictional account of Trafalgar comes in a military novel- Sharpe's Trafalgar." Many thanks and please keep up the good work. Nathan

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I didn't, but I'm delighted to hear it! Thank you.


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I read a comment posted on 1/7/04 by Gregg Singer that said he was having trouble finding a hardcover edition of Tiger. I got mine from my local Barnes & Noble. I couldn't find it on the shelf, so went to the order desk, told them what I wanted, and it was there in less than a week. To be honest, I've no idea if it's a US or UK version, but maybe that would work for Mr. Singer, too. Tom Stewart


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Dear Mr. Cornwell, I'd just like to say thank you. Ever since I received a box set of eight of the Sharpe books for my birthday last year I have read them all, apart from Sharpe's Havoc which I've had trouble obtaining. I have enjoyed the books immensely, and am paticuarly looking forward to Sharpe's Escape. I can help with a question that was asked by Mark, on the 6th January concerning a website with lyrics to songs of the period. One site that I have found interesting on this subject is http://www.contemplator.com/ it had lyrics and midi files for a large seclection of songs from that period. I hope you and your family have a great year, and I am looking forward to meeting you on your next book tour here in Britain. Benjamin Clist

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Thanks for the website suggestion.


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Dear Sir, it is very refreshing to see an author having a forum such as this in order to communicate with his fans. I am sure you do not need to do this as your books will sell just as rapidly. Myself and (I am sure the rest of your fans) do appreciate your time. thankyou. Looking forward to the Sharpe Convention and hope to see you there and meet other fans. I believe that your favourite creation has been the Warlord Chronicles I wholeheartedly agree and would love to see a trilogy filmed, directed by Peter Jackson. Any ideas for who would play Derfel? Chris Pollack

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Don't have a clue. Do you have any idea?


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I have collected almost all of your Sharpe novels and the Grail Quest all of which are great reads. I am hoping to get some signed when you are next in the UK. Do you have any dates planned? Regards, Martin Dilger

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I expect to be in the UK for the release of Sharpe's Escape in early April. As soon as we know the exact details, they will be posted to the Diary page.


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Mr Cornwell, I have been a big fan of your writing for a long time now, and I must admit that my favourite books were the Starbuck Chronicles. I have read that you have sent him on an extented vacation to concentrate on Sharpe and his adventures. You also mentioned that this was in a way the fault (forgive me for that is not the right word to use) of TV. Perhaps you could try and influence those that made the Sharpe tv series to try it out with Starbuck. I realise that poor Nate is not as dashing and daring as Sharpe, (at least in the beginning) but they are fine stories and I for one feel that they would grace that television screen (or the big screen for that matter). Please let me know if you have any inclination as to when Starbuck will fight again. Gareth Jameson

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I wish I could give you a time frame Gareth, but I don't want to make any promises I can't keep.


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Hello Mr. Cornwell, My name is Mario and I'm one of your many Brazilian readers. Thanks for having given us the Arthur Books - I just loved them and I can tell you that finishing the third book made me very sad. After leaving Derfel, I'm now - almost one year later - in the company of Thomas of Hookton, and enjoying it a lot too. Hope I can see them both in the big screen soon. While it doesn't happen, please don't stop doing that great job. Best regards, Mario


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I love your Grail quest series, I hope this is/will be a long running series. I can't get enough of the adventures of Thomas of Hookton. Love you man, happy new year. Barry W. Harshfield Jr.