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Bernard Cornwell Interview
« on: October 15, 2020, 04:54:11 AM »
Daily Express Front Page 15th of October 2020

All I care about is more Sharpe. Elaborate please.

More important, what is the Sharpe news?!

Bernard Cornwell: 'I play merry hell with history, I admit it'
The bestselling historical novelist talks about being a descendant of his Last Kingdom character Uhtred, and returning to his beloved hero Sharpe
Cornwell was one of the journalists who actually could. A huge fan of CS Forester’s Hornblower, Dudley Pope, Alexander Kent and Patrick O’Brian, he realised that “all these guys are making a living out of telling how the Royal Navy beat up Napoleon”. Why wasn’t anyone doing it for the army? So he created Richard Sharpe, a soldier, hero and rogue born into poverty who fights his way up the army’s ranks, his face “given a mocking look by the scarred left cheek”. Today, the bestselling books – and the TV adaptation starring Sean Bean – have given Sharpe an unassailable place in our literary canon; back in 1980, however, Cornwell landed on his hero’s name somewhat haphazardly, by adding an “e” to the name of the English rugby player. (“I thought once I’ve got the real name I’ll go through and cross out Richard Sharpe, but it stuck.”)

There will be no more Uhtred stories, but Cornwell is currently writing another Sharpe novel, the first since 2006’s Sharpe’s Fury. “I’m enjoying it! I’m telling the story of what happened immediately after Waterloo, so it will take Sharpe to Paris. He’s on pretty good form,” he says. “I think there might be another couple after this one – I left some gaps in his life that can be filled in.”

Cornwell starts writing at around six in the morning and works through until five, only stopping for lunch and a dog walk. “As long as I’m alive I’m sure I’m going to want to go on writing,” he says. “Though part of me dreads the thought of starting another series. I mean, I’m 76! And I’d have to do 10 books – that takes me to 86, and it’d be a pity to start a series and not finish it.

“But think of what my job is. I tell stories, it’s glorious. The joy of reading a book is to find out what happens, and for me that’s the joy of writing. I find out what happens too. I’ve got Sharpe in the middle of chapter three at the moment – I genuinely don’t know what he’s going to be doing next.”

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