Your Questions

Q

You have been a cultural fixture for three generations of my family. Back in the 80’s my grandfather read your early Sharpe books and listening to him enthusiastically discuss these amazing books with my parents inspired me to start checking them out of my local library at the age of 11. Richard Sharpe has been a fixture in my life through middle school, high school, college, 15 years of marriage and 20 years of military service. To this day, the Sharpe series is regularly discussed at family dinners despite my grandfather passing 25 years ago - he would be thrilled to know that you are still giving us Sharpe adventures. I am currently revisiting all Sharpe series in chronological order and it’s like revisiting an old friend who will always be there for you no matter what! Have you considered revisiting the world of “Gallow’s Thief”? Something about a whole series of Regency Detective stories really tickles my fancy! Heck, maybe Richard Sharpe could stumble his way into the story! In any case THANK YOU for 35 years of entertainment!

 

- Scott R, BMC USCG (Ret)

A

I have considered more for Rider Sandman....


Q

Dear Bernard,

Love all of your books but have to say Sharpe is my favourite and the release of Sharpe's Command has prompted me re-read the series in chronological order, something I am thoroughly enjoying! Having said that I do have a soft spot for Nate Starbuck and do hope one day you'll finish his story.

Anyway, my question is on the Sharpe adaptation (which I also love and think Sean Bean is the perfect Sharpe). What were your thoughts on the TV series, did you have any involvement in it? Did you agree with the castings - were there any you thought were totally miscast or in that matter any that were perfectly cast? Did you have any feelings on the changes made (particularly Sharpe's Gold) or the created for TV Sharpe's Mission and justice?  Do you know why Hogan only features in the first 2 episodes when he is quite prominent in most of the books?

Long question, I'm sorry.

Looking forward to your next book - do you know what this might be yet or is that a thought for another day or a secret at the moment.

Kind regards,

Rob

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I take the view that the less I’m involved the better!  The TV producers know their business (and I don’t know their business) so I let them get on with it and don’t ask questions.  I worked in television long enough to know that I know nothing about producing TV drama, and any input from me is liable to be either a distraction or an obstacle. If they have questions then they can ask me and I’ll answer, but otherwise I leave well alone.

Next book will be another Sharpe!


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Do you ever look back on any of your books and wished you'd written them differently?  I personally wished you'd planned your Arthur series so it went on for another 10 books or so!  Why did you limit yourself to just three?  And have you ever been tempted to tell us what happened at the end of the last book.  You've imagined it at least, even if you've not written the tale!

Keep up the good work, I'm loving the Last Kingdom books at the moment!

Dave Tuck

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Given a chance I'd rewrite the first third of The Winter King to give it more pace....but  I never anticipate my characters' lives beyond the limits of the books and I have no plans to add to the Warlord Chronicles.


Q

Hello, Mr Cornwell.

 

I hope this finds you well.

 

I'm currently reading 1356, and a line caught my attention. It was the chapter where Roland of Verrec is bringing Genevieve to Labrouillade.

 

When Roland's group encounter some soldiers on the road, they run for an abandoned church tower.

The line states: "Roland arrived at the dark tower".

Is this line a reference to Stephen King's The Dark Tower?

 

I'm sorry if the names aren't correct, I'm not reading the original in English.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Carlos

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‘Roland to the dark tower came’ was a really a homage to Shakespeare who uses the line in King Lear!  It was then used by Robert Browning in a poem called Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came (which is the exact Shakespearean quote).  So I suspect Stephen King and I both borrowed from one or the other or both.


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Hi Bernard,

 

Thank you for your stories they have become a big influence on me. I listen to the audio records daily. I listened to all the Saxon Stories, Warlord Chronicles, Grail Quest, Stonehenge and Azincourt.

 

Do you plan on doing a sequel to 1356 or revisiting Thomas of Hookton?

I find the grail quest series fantastic and would love to hear/read more.

 

Regards

 

James

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I am considering it!


Q

Dear Mr Cornwell,

Firstly thank you for your efforts to entertain me over the years which I have to say have been quite successful.. I am an avid reader and have read all your novels and and enjoyed them immensely with the exception of two (which I'll refrain form naming, you can probably guess). Having recently acquired "Sharpes Command", of course I had to start the series again from book one, which apart from the time involved is no hardship.  I then decided to revisit the Starbuck Novels, having forgotten that series ends in 1862 with many unanswered questions.

What happens Nate after Sharpsburg? What happens to Sally? Why does Lassan leave? (he has to) Do Sally and Truslow reconcile? does Belvedere Delaney get caught? How does Nate find Billy and inflict Rothwells revenge. How does Potter (my favourite) get back to his wife etc..........

I surmise that you have no plans to write another Starbuck, after so long a break.  I would love to know why. Didn't you like the characters? the story? the time period? didn't sell well? Or was it case of Uhtred taking over your life, he does have that effect.

best regards

 

Chris

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I don't think I could blame it on only one thing.....I had always thought I'd return to Starbuck, but there are many things I'd like to write and time seems to be slipping by....


Q

Dear Bernard, greetings.

I hope this message finds you well.

Firstly I would like to thank you for sending me an autograph. I never believed I had an autograph from someone I admire immensely. I put it on a board next to the your books.

Having said that, I would like to ask you if it ever occurred to you to write a story set in one of the Great World Wars?

I wish you peace and good health. As our great friend Uhtred would say, destiny is all.

Smith Gomes

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I have no plans to write about WWI or WWII.


Q

Are you planning to write your autobiography?

Steve Ainsworth

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No, I have no such plans. I did write an essay for Granta once called 'Cakes and Ale' (also included in Sharpe's Story) which was mostly about my adoption and childhood, and, frankly, it was a miserable experience to write it.  So no more!


Q

Hi, just finished gallows thief, great read. Whilst I begin to investigate your catalog wondering if you ever considered making Rider Sandman into a series? I used to work close to the artillery cricket ground; brought back memories.

Best

Matt Williams

 

Mr. Cornwell,

As a longtime fan I enjoy your successes--Uhtred is on NETFLIX!! --nearly as much as you must do.  Were I you, I'd have long since retired on my laurels.

However, I suspect I'm not alone in wondering what happened to Rider Sandman.  Had you written him as a two-dimensional goody two-shoes I'm sure I'd be content to imagine him safely married to Eleanor and avoiding drama with his horrible mother-in-law.

If spared, I hope to revisit Captain Sandman's fascinating life.  He seems a perfect bridge between Arthur Wellesley's (KG GCB GCH PC FRS) England and yours...

v/r,

Mike F

Lt Col, USAF (ret)

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I have considered more for Rider Sandman, but I'm not sure I'll ever get to it.....


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Hi Bernard  .

First let me say how much enjoyment I've had off your books over the years. I'm just wondering  if you have any plans for more sea going adventures in the near future.

Regards

Tony

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Not at the moment ...