I was looking to see if you had extended your Starbuck series and began dooling and came across Letter April 28th 15 Brian M Nortile.
Having been a merchant seaman in my young life 57-63 'Holiday' was term I was used to hearing. The explanation of tar on a mast - although that itself was highly unlikely for all the obvious reasons - comes pretty close.
It applies to any form of work carried out on board that has not been done correctly.
IE painting and missing a bit. Seaman have their own vocabulary like most trades and professions - most of which are best left un-said.
from a fan and fellow scribbler.....RJ.
Just finished Waterloo. I have read 25 or so books about the campaign and this was as good as any and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The illustrations were terrific and the maps were extraordinary.
Dear Mr Cornwell
Wanted to start by saying that I have never actually read one of your books. I have, however, together with my wife listened to all of the Sharpe books and am now listening to the Warrior Chronicles. It's a long term project - we listen for an hour or so every day while preparing and having dinner and take extended breaks before we start another. Once we finish all your books I imagine that we will start the whole thing all over again. We listen to a lot of audiobooks and especially enjoy yours - they lend themselves brilliantly to being read aloud. Thank you for writing them, they have given us enormous pleasure.
Hi Mr. Cornwell.
I have read alot of your books, and find them all equally interesting in different ways. I have always wondered how much research you did before writing these books. I was always a fan of history, and so loved your books from the first page of the first book I ever read by you. As I recall, it was 1356.
I have read everything you have written and is available in the US. I put you up there with Patrick Obrien..I was a soldier and identify with the military aspects of most of your writing. Looking forward to Waterloo..My best non fiction read is "The Bitter Woods" David Eisenhower. I hope I spelled that correctly. Thanks for all the enjoyable reading.
Hi Mr. Cornwell.
In an April 28th posting, Taylor Guthrie wanted you to write about William Wallace, and you replied that that was a task best left to a Scotsman. I would recommend to Taylor some fine series on Wallace, Bruce and the Scottish wars of independence: The Insurrection Trilogy by Robyn Young, The Kingdom Series by Robert Low, and the Black Douglas Trilogy by J.R. Tomlin. If we cannot have you writing about that time, these authors are the next best thing.
Just finished Red Coat and of course, I want a sequel and I did not want Jonathan to die. The joy of reading your books is that you tell a great story, everyone gets to be somewhat heroic through your characters, especially those of us with monotone unheroic lives and I get to learn something,too. Anyway, that';s my fan letter.
I just saw the clip of the upcoming TV series 'The Last Kingdom'. Now THAT'S a Shield Wall! I have read everything you've written (most multiple times) and everything you've recommended (Diana Gabaldon, the Hornblower series etc.) You write with such understanding and clear communication that everything makes sense. While watching most 'middle ages' fight scenes, like those of the series Vikings, when someone calls 'Shield Wall!' there is usually a haphazard assembly of defenders whose 'wall' would have trouble keeping back an attack by a high school marching band. The brief clip of the assembling wall in Last Kingdom makes me believe a mounted charge would have difficulty penetrating it. Again, THANK YOU!! It appears I will not have to suspend disbelief with this program and I eagerly await its arrival.
I'm currently going through your book list on Kindle for a second read. Finished Sharpe and Uhtred (my wife loves hearing the British saying "Bastard!" on the E-reader) and while desperately waiting for something new from you I realized there were 2 books I never read, "A Crowning Mercy" and "The Fallen Angels".
I thought they would be the equivalent of a chick flick and boy was I wrong. Dorcas is a powerful protagonist and your wife's co-authoring added shall I say, "an intimate" addition that your other books lack.
I loved them both and can now say I've read your entire catalogue. Thank you for all your hard work and research putting together your novels.
A fan for life,
Hi again Mr. Cornwell.
I just want to put in my two cents: I'd like you to write the story of Sharpe at Albuera in 2016. It's been over ten years now since we heard of him, and that's long enough. Personally, I would like you to finish those series that are near completion (Uhtred and Sharpe), and THEN start your Elizabethan series, alternating it every other year with a new Starbuck.
I hear you. Might not accommodate you, but I hear you!