Dear Mr. Cornwell,
My name is Wayne Hoffman. I'm a petty officer in the US Navy currently stationed in Korea. My brother and I are absolutely obsessed with the Sharpe series. Honestly it's a bit of an inspiration for me. I never see myself as a leader, but seeing Sharpe rise from the ranks and needing to learn how to be a good leader, it makes me think that I could learn too someday. Thank you so much for your wonderful stories, they're so gripping I read them faster than I've read a book series in many years because I simply cannot stop.
Very sorry to hear that your dog Whiskey died. A good dog is a blessing and the passing of one hurts. The only solace is they had a good life while they were with us.
Ralland (Ron) Fortier
Thank you. We do miss him....
Just about to read my first Sharpe book, but have seen the tv series a number of times. It’s on again at the moment on Saturday evening at 2030 hrs, loving it, I will see if it is on anyway similar to your books, and maybe you might personally dislike tv interpretations of your story, but I must say I particularly love it, hope you're keeping well.
I’m a huge fan of Sharpe, I learned to love reading as a youngster by listening to the Sharpe books on audio cassettes from my library. Once they stopped being available, I transitioned to paper copies (sharpe’s enemy onwards) I loved the William Gaminara readings, I was hugely disappointed with Sean Bean as Sharpe, despite liking him in other things. Sharpe was a Londoner dark haired and tall. Not short blond Yorkshireman!
I was really excited to listen to the new book Sharpe’s Assassin. (While working out doors) However the narrator read Sharpe as a Sean Bean imitation and Harper as northern Irish. I’m gutted!
That said I love the Arthur books (I currently live in north wales) as well as the Grail Quest books
Keep writing good books I wish they were read correctly.
Peter a little boy of 41 years
Dear Mr Cornwell
I have just recently read from start to finish every Sharpe novel and short story in chronological order for the first time and I'm messaging to express how much I greatly enjoyed reading all of them including your newest book Sharpe's Assassin. I found i couldn't put them down and i have loved every second of reading these amazing stories. Thank you
Hi, I wrote a wee while back about a similar thing that I am going to mention now. I am thoroughly enjoying The Last Kingdom series of books and am now on The Empty Throne. I love to get into the nitty gritty of a book and will regularly go back to a different stage in a book or indeed a previous book in the series to refamiliarise myself with an event or character. I really appreciate when a time line or family tree continues throughout a book and you can map it in your head as you read. Unfortunately I am disappointed that in the empty throne Stiorra is said to be Uhtred’s youngest when in sword song Uhtred is bouncing her up and down when Giesla tells him she is pregnant with Osbert / Uhtred. Also it says that Athelflaed is 40 or so but she can’t be if Young Uhtred says her daughter is just younger than him and he says he’s 21. I know that by the history books she was meant to be 43 in 912 so I’m guessing at times you are trying to keep in line with history but this hasn’t always worked out with the characters and their timelines. Many thanks as I say I am thoroughly enjoying the books and can’t put them down really but just felt compelled to write this.
I am sorry you are disappointed. It's Uhtred's fault - he can never remember his children's birthdays (I confess that I don’t know my daughter’s either, but she forgives me)
Dear Mr Cornwell,
I am 34 years old and first met the illustrious Lt Col as is at the tender age of about 8 or 9 when I was probably too young to stay up watching Sean Bean, Daragh O Malley and John Tams wage war across Europe on itv on my grandfather's knee..
I later found the books and have bought multiple copies of each over the years as I've worn them out.
Thank you so much for Sharpe's Assassin... It was the perfect mix of characters, made me laugh gasp and wince in all the right places... Like a catch up with a missed old friend... Please let the march continue!
Quite some time ago, I had the good fortune to stumble upon one of your Sharpe books and "went on stumbling" several times thereafter before I began to seek them out. I very much enjoy and appreciate your scholarship and craftsmanship in using the language to recreate historical eras so engrossingly.
Happily, my wife, Linda, also has become your fan since falling in love with Uhtred, so she gets 2d dibs on your books.
Thanks for the pleasure of meeting and following your unique characters.
a fellow war baby, ANS USMA '62
I thought this article on the Colonial Black Marines and their role at Bladensburg might be of interest. It seems like the Royal Navy did the Emancipation Proclamation 50 years early. I was only aware recently that Keys in his Star Spangled Banner Poem had a line about "No Refuge for the Hireling and the Slave" left out. We British being the Hirelings and Colonial Marines as they were escaped Slaves Regards
I am a great reader of ALL your series of novels, but especially so for the Sharpe series. A couple of observations, coming from some of my reading of other sources. One is that I haven't seen anything regarding PTSD, which was present to some degree - and perhaps a lot - in both the Napoleonic Wars, and previously in the Revolutionary War. If you do revisit, it might make an interesting side idea for one or more characters.
Secondly, I have seen so much in eye infections in the Peninsular War due to the dust and crud. It affected everyone from Generals down to Privates. Might make an interesting sidelight.
I live in very southwest New Brunswick, Canada, in the area where refugees from Castine, ME settled, both military and civil. Fascinating to see what the refugees (alias Loyalists) went through.
It is interesting and I have hinted at it with Sharpe. There’s no doubt that poor General Picton had a case of PTSD before the Waterloo campaign which I mention in my non-fiction Waterloo. But I’m sure you’re right that it must have been very common in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
Strange I was thinking about that just before I saw your question. So maybe it will be mentioned in the next book?