Your Questions

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Dear Bernard Cornwell, I read your book "Stonehenge", I loved your book but have one question; in the book Derrewyn says " The stones killed them. The gods did come to the temple that night and killed the man who claimed he was a god and crushed the woman who thought she was a goddess." So did that mean that Lahanna and Slaol did unite just for a second, I think you should have had a solar or lunar eclipse going on when Lahanna ( the moon) and Slaol ( the sun) united for a second. If you are too busy to reply that is okay I would just like to know. Your Fan, Kat

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Oddly enough that particular stone did collapse very shortly after the monument was built, but it's up to the reader to decide how much divine intervention was involved! I thought about the eclipse, but in the end decided against it. I was probably wrong.


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Dear Bernard after reading JM Hitsmans excellent Incredible War of 1812 (Graves editing notes at the end are just as interesting to read) and slightly frustrated that you never got Sharpe to that conflict. Do you think you will ever do any future series or one off novels about what is rather a freshly unexplored area of the Napoleonic wars since Spain/India and the naval side have been rather well covered now. P.S you mentioned in Your Questions responses that you were writing about the Vikings, will it be set during King Alfred and will it be a series or stand alone??? Thanks and good luck with the new Sharpe book out. Tony

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It's possible. I've got a lot of research on various bits of the War of 1812, but I have to confess it's not high on my list of priorities. The Viking book is the start of a series set during the time of King Alfred.


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Dear Bernard I want to say that I think the character, Obadiah Hakeswill, is one of the most realistic, believable & enjoyable characters I have read about. I think it's the whole face-twitching thing. I am a bit hesitant to watch the Shapre TV series because I'm afraid he won't live up to my image. I'm currently reading Sharpes Gold & I am desperately hoping that Hakeswill will make a re-appearance in the latter Sharpe novels. Can you confirm this? (please say yes!) What was your inspiration for Hakeswill? Did you base him loosely on somebody you know? And that face twitch, were did you get that from? Thank you for taking the time to respond, it is appreciated more than you ever could imagine. Kindest regards Michael, Australia

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He's based on no-one I know (thank God), and yes, you will meet him again in a couple of books. Don't be put off the series - he's played brilliantly by Pete Postlethwaite and is, if anything, better than the character in the book.


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I've enjoyed your novels greatly through the years. Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper have marched along with me to some pretty inhospitable spots. The Penguin paperback format was small enough to stuff in any duffle, cheap enough to be traded when finished, and the tiny print was no challenge to young eyes. Now safely enjoying my pension on the retired list, my priorities (not to mention my eyesight) have changed somewhat. I have the leisure to reread my favorite books, albeit with the help of glasses, and shelves on which to store them. Is your publisher entertaining any thoughts of bringing out the full Sharpe series (to date) in either hardback or a larger trade paperback format? If not, may I suggest considering it? As for Sharpe - long may his series and his author continue! Barb McColgan

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It may be considered - but probably not until the series is done - and that's a few years away!


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Hi. Any thoughts of visiting New Zealand to promote (not that it needs it!) your next book? Would be great to see you over here. Best regards and thanks for many good hours of reading. Peter Harris

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I'm afraid New Zealand is not on the schedule this year. I will be in the UK in April and in Canada in May - the schedules for both trips should be posted to the Diary page soon.


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I recently read a posting in which you indicated that you had stopped writing the fourth Hookton book. I assume this means that you are discontinuing the series? When do you believe the Viking book you're working on now will be finished and released? Thanks for your time. Matthew Jacobs

Greetings! I know this probably has already been asked, but I can't find an answer on any of the forums, so here it goes: You said you stopped writing the 4th Thomas book. Does this mean the project is "dead" or are you planning to resume it some time later. Looking forward to your Viking book, love scandinavian culture! However, I would also love some more books about Thomas... I think it's one of your best characters ever! (being that Culwch was probably my fave hehehehe) Keep on writing, thus enriching all our lives. Thank you. André.

I have heard that you have stopped writing the fourth novel about Thomas of Hookton. Will this novel never be written or are you planning to write it in the future. Thanks. Michael Jones

Bernard, let me get this straight: You WERE writing a fourth Thomas of Hookton book (but not in the Grail series), then you decided NOT TO write it and are now working on a Viking story! I'm sure a lot of Thomas fans would want to know why. May I be so bold as to ask? Kevin Wakefield

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I did stop writing the fourth Thomas of Hookton book because I feel his story has ended with Heretic - although it is possible that I may take it up again in the future. The Viking book, I hope, will be done and ready for publication in October.


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I read that you have given Nat Starbuck an extended vacation,and that some of the recommended reading about the Civil War is by the author Stephen W. Sears. Are his books fiction (Gates of Richmond and Landscape Turned Red.) I have enjoyed the Starbuck Chronicles and feel a closeness to Nat Starbuck. Thank you. Nancy Charls

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The books by Stephen W. Sears listed on the Suggestions for Further Reading page of the Starbuck Chronicles are not fiction. I hope you'll enjoy reading them!


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Dear Sir, are you ever going to write a Sharpe's book that will tell what happened to Sharpe's daughter in Spain after the war ? thank you for your time T.D. Young I

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Probably not - but, never say never!


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When will Sharpe's War be available on DVD in the US? Frederick Marks

Mr. Cornwell, I am trying to obtain info about the UK History Channel's series on "Sharpe's War." Do you know if it is available in the US? Joy Fry

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No word on that yet. Once we hear, I'll be sure to post the details to this website.


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Re: The Nathanial Starbuck Chronicles Dear Mr. Cornwell, I have just concluded book four of the Nathanial Starbuck Chronicles. Please write additional volumes to augment this wonderful series. I feel that Nate and his friends are my friends and his enemies are mine as well. I was crushed that Lucifer died, but delighted that Nate avenged his death as he did. Certainly, you cannot permit Billy Blythe to escape unharmed. And do Sally and Nate marry after the War; do Sally and her father reconcile; do Nate and his father reconcile? We know what happened to the real actors but now we need to know (pardon me) the rest of the story. At the conclusion of your historical note to The Bloody Ground, you promised that Starbuck will march again. I certainly hope so. Many thanks for your contribution to a number of evenings of entertainment. Bill Broaddus

Mr. Cornwell...I became instantly enamored with your StarbuckChronicles, bought and read them all, and then passed them on to a kindred soul who also read all four without stopping (well, maybe a dime novel in between)...our question is regarding wether you have plans to write a 5th installment and if so when? We would anxiously await it...in the meantime, we've both decided to start the Sharpe series....thanks for all you do...Jack King

Hello Bernard, I have loved every book of yours that I have read. I hope that you will continue the Starbuck series. Do you have one in the "pipeline" now? I miss it!! Thanks and keep up the good work. Scott

Sir, I have ejoyed reading and rereading several of your books, especially the Starbuck Chronicles. I love history and live in Richmond (Chesterfield actually). I am curious to hear if you are planning to continue the saga? Respectfully Jeff Auxier

Dear Mr Cornwell, I feel that I cannot go on waiting forever to read the conclusion to the Starbuck Chronicles. I think that eight years is a bit long to wait. I am seventy-five now and I don't suppose I shall last out the time . What was the the point of saying that Starbuck will go on when he won't. You keep adding to Sharpe books when some of them don't really relate to his later life. I am so disappointed that I no longer buy your new Sharpe books. I have got everyone of your books, but I think I'll stop now because you don't finish what you start . Yours sincerely George Davies

I discovered your books browsing through Barnes and Nobles. Just read the Startbuck Chronicles and they were absolutely excellent. I have shared them with my father. We are both military veterans and my son is in the Army today. You somehow captured so much of a soldier's soul in this series. Nathan Starbuck could go on for as long as you would want and we would love to read his post war adventures too. Believe that Hollywood is missing the boat, all your books would translate into the most exciting of cinema. I will pray that you live and write well into you century mark. You are a genius! Thanks for the wonderful enjoyment that you are providing the world with your books! I am planning on buying and reading them all. Want to make sure that I own these for my personal library. I will read them again and again. David C. Wedner

g'day Bernard all the way from Sydney Australia. Trust you are keeping well. I have just re read the Starbuck series for the 3rd time. Taking the train to work every day helps in my reading. You gotta bring back Nate. you promised, your last lines in the Bloody Ground-"Starbuck will march again". but when I ask.......... take care, regards David

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I am pleased that so many of you have enjoyed the Starbuck Chronicles. I hope to return to them someday, but I'm afraid I don't know right now exactly when that will be. I do appreciate your messages.