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An author by the name of Georgette heyer wrote a book called "an infamous army" it was used briefly as a text by Sandhurst military college pre world War 2 sited as the most detailed description of a battle written to that time. It's the middle 200 pages that are fascinating the rest is a not very good love story. but her historical detail is extraordinary. Love your books ,extremely entertaining.

James Hitchen


Hello Mr Cornwell.

I have just finished my final Sharpe novel, after reading all twenty books consecutively, over the last six months. My journey started during the summer, sat sitting in the garden, it finished today sat in front of the fire. The books were a gift from a friend, who is sadly no longer with us. his wife kindly passed them all onto to me, I miss exchanging books with him, I have persisted with his son, to no avail. To me personally what made the books so special not only the great Sharpe, but I live and work In Chelmsford. Having been born in Epping, and growing up in East Hanningfield. not far from where you yourself grew up. There were a great read, bringing back great memories from the 90's in our first little flat in Chelmsford waiting for the weekly episode. Something catch up has ruined. Thank you.

all the best wishes from Rob Chelmsford, Essex. and of course Mark Wells RIP.



Just wanted to say a big thank you. I am in my mid forties and I have never really enjoyed reading. For some reason (may be because I used to watch the sharpe series with my late father) I picked up a sharpe book. Anyway, since then I have struggled to stop reading them.

I even bought stormchild for after I have finish the sharpe series. Having briefly looked at it i noted Basingstoke hospital is mentioned which by a weird coincidence is where I used to work  (but I guess the UK is a small place).

Thank you again for making the last year so enjoyable and making me want to read.




To Bernard Cornwell,

I know you must get thousands of messages such as this one but your books bring me so much joy that I felt the need to send this anyway.

Thank you so much for your brilliant Sharpe series. Your writing style is so perfect that I have been unable to find anything that even comes close.

The characters are all perfectly formed and my absolute favourite aspect of the stories is always the dialogue between them. Be that Sharpe’s awkwardness around higher-born officers or Hogan and Harpers Irish charm. I have re-read the books many times and they still make me laugh aloud.

I also love the added treat once the story is finished, of the historical note and epilogue. I was lucky enough to see you at a lecture in Southampton once and hearing you in person was like the words coming to life.

Thanks again.


Steve Eleftheriou


Just a thanks. I just finished the Starbuck series. Love the way you use historical fiction. You have a gift and I appreciate it.

Dave Baran


First I must state, I love all your books, I've read most if not all..

I love historical fiction and history...seems to me there are now many authors offering same subject matters..but one is missing.

The Sudan during the mandi times, specifically, the desert flying column sent to try bringing Gordon out of Khartoum..

The huge logistics, the camel training, the trek, and two huge battles, one where the square was breached but repaired..then canoe up the nice to late for Gordon but many tribulations of the column...plenty heroics..Great story never really written in its own right as far as i can tell..but, I suspect you could rise to that challenge...a cracking story waiting to be told..

Victor Chytry


A great story....but probably not for me to tell.....


Dear Bernhard Cornwell,

For many years I have delighted in your writing. I have all your work on my bookshelves. My enduring favourites are the Sharpe series. As a small boy I was given a toy soldier for my third birthday thus begining a life long love affair. I am presently 72 years old.

At the age of fourteen I came across Georgette Heyer's book "A Infamous Army"This was my introduction to Wellington and Waterloo. It was the discovery of your Sharpe stories , that are really the history of Wellington's military career that opened my eyes to the whole Napoleonic History.

I thought I had read the last of Sharpe with your "Sharpe's Waterloo", so it was with great joy I unwrapped my wife's Xmas present to me and found " Sharpe's Assassin "

It is a fitting end to the saga.

Thank you for all the adventures, but more so, thank you for the History

my very best regards,

Simon Chance,


I would love to see the Starbuck chronicles continued. It is one of my favorites.

Jason Palinkas


Hi Just a comment on the question from Michael dated 7 December 2022.  I have just been re-reading with enjoyment the Last Kingdom series and to answer his question I can identify the mention of the amulets as being 38 hung from the hem of his mail coat as he walks towards Ludd Gate and a couple of pages later asks Sihtric his servant at that time to pick up the amulet of the warrior with the raven wing helmet who died well.  All in the part midway through Sword Song where they capture London from the Danes.  He should now be sure of his pint.

Andy Cumming