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Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure. As a teenager he devoured CS Forester’s Hornblower novels and tried to enlist three times. Poor eyesight put paid to his dream, instead he went to university to read theology. On graduating, he became a teacher, then joined BBC’s Nationwide, working his way up the ladder to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland, then editor of Thames News. In 1979, his life changed when he fell in love with an American.

"Judy couldn’t live here, so I gave up my job and moved to the US. I couldn’t get a green card, and for 18 months the only thing I could do was write novels." The result was his first book about 19th century hero, Richard Sharpe, Sharpe’s Eagle.

In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.

Bernard Cornwell owns houses in Cape Cod and Florida and two boats. Every year he takes two months off from his writing and spends most of his time on his 24 foot Cornish crabber, Royalist.

If you like Bernard Cornwell you might also like to read books by Patrick O'Brian, Allan Mallinson and M. C. Scott.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Bernard Cornwell

The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell
The Flame Bearer
Bernard Cornwell
The brand new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Britain's precarious peace threatens to turn into a war of annihilation. But Uhtred is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10) by Bernard Cornwell
The Flame Bearer (the Last Kingdom Series, Book 10)
Bernard Cornwell
The brand new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two books...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016
Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell
Warriors of the Storm
Bernard Cornwell
The ninth novel in ‘The Last Kingdom Series' is as completely compelling and absolutely wonderful as the first. Bernard Cornwell is a master weaver of stories, the threads join seamlessly together to create an epic tale of history in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/04/2016
Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
Bernard Cornwell
'Some battles change nothing. Waterloo changed almost everything.'
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
The Empty Throne
Bernard Cornwell
The latest novel to feature Uhtred of Bebbonburg, surely one of historical fiction’s most charismatic characters. Uhtred is getting old now so Bernard Cornwell has the prologue narrated by his son, also called Uhtred. A clever ploy. Perhaps the series...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
The Empty Throne
Bernard Cornwell
The latest novel to feature Uhtred of Bebbonburg, surely one of historical fiction’s most charismatic characters. Uhtred is getting old now so Bernard Cornwell has the prologue narrated by his son, also called Uhtred. A clever ploy. Perhaps the series...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
The Pagan Lord
Bernard Cornwell
This is the sort of book that once started you resent having to put it down so don’t begin it too late at night. It is the seventh in the Warrior Chronicles but you can read it on its own. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
The Pagan Lord
Bernard Cornwell
This is the sort of book that once started you resent having to put it down so don’t begin it too late at night. It is the seventh in the Warrior Chronicles but you can read it on its own. ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
1356 by Bernard Cornwell
1356
Bernard Cornwell
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Popular Fiction of the Year' 2012. With characteristically meticulous research Cornwell’s new historical blockbuster weaves a complex story, epic in scope, that has as its climax the battle of Poitiers, the second but...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
1356 by Bernard Cornwell
1356
Bernard Cornwell
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Popular Fiction of the Year' 2012. With characteristically meticulous research Cornwell’s new historical blockbuster weaves a complex story, epic in scope, that has as its climax the battle of Poitiers, the second but...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2012
Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
Death of Kings
Bernard Cornwell
This is masterful historical storytelling of the ninth century iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation, England. Meticulously researched, with characters that come to life as you read, it is a must read for any fan...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
Death of Kings
Bernard Cornwell
This is masterful historical storytelling of the ninth century iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation, England. Meticulously researched, with characters that come to life as you read, it is a must read for any fan...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/09/2011
Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Rifles
Bernard Cornwell
Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the rest of the army and surrounded. Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of the Spanish, but this assistance comes at a price: to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2011
Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Tiger
Bernard Cornwell
Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799. When a senior British officer is captured by the Tippoo of Mysore's forces, Sharpe is offered a chance to attempt a rescue, which in turn offers an escape from the tyrannical Sergeant...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2011
The Fort by Bernard Cornwell
The Fort
Bernard Cornwell
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 11 November 2010. Bernard Cornwell, King of the historical action adventure has picked on an extraordinary battle in history -The Penobscot Expedition - that has fascinated the author for years, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/05/2011
The Fort by Bernard Cornwell
The Fort
Bernard Cornwell
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 11 November 2010. Bernard Cornwell, King of the historical action adventure has picked on an extraordinary battle in history -The Penobscot Expedition - that has fascinated the author for years, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2010
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
Harlequin
Bernard Cornwell
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Harlequins are lost souls, so loved by the devil that he would not take them to hell, but left them to roam the earth. In French, the word is hellequin -- the name given...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2009
Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
Sword Song
Bernard Cornwell
The fourth in the Alfred series and as they progress they just seem to get better. Our hero, Uhtred encounters more battles, politics and mayhem as he continues to struggle with his Saxon birthright and his Viking upbringing. This series...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2007
The Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
The Lords of the North
Bernard Cornwell
This is the third in a wonderful series featuring a hero born a Saxon but captured as a lad and brought up by the Danes so his heart lies in both camps. However it is for the unity of England...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 02/12/2006
Sharpe's Fury by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Fury
Bernard Cornwell
Sharpeâs twenty-first adventure, he really does just get more and more exciting. This is terrific stuff.
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2006
The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
The Pale Horseman
Bernard Cornwell
Wow, he is good. This is the second in a trilogy starring a young warrior, Uhtred, who was born British, captured and brought up by Vikings and now back fighting for Alfred the Great. He is a fascinating character torn...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 22/05/2006
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
The Last Kingdom
Bernard Cornwell
You may be familiar with Richard Sharpe from his many books or from the television series. But Cornwell is a prolific writer, he has written on the American Civil War, the Arthurian period, the Druids and even Regency romantic adventure. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2005
The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
The Pale Horseman
Bernard Cornwell
The second in his Alfred the Great/Viking series which is set to be just as big as his previous successes. Vikings seem to be popular at the moment, but of all the sagas crossing my desk, Cornwellâs is by far...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2005
Fallen Angels by Bernard Cornwell
Fallen Angels
Bernard Cornwell
The second in the Chronicle of the Lazender family, however you would be forgiven if you couldn’t recall the 1st as it was published in 1983 by Cornwell’s pseudonym (Susannah Kells) click here for the 1st book A Crowning...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2005
Sharpe's Escape by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe's Escape
Bernard Cornwell
Cornwell started writing the Sharpe series in 1980 and it is still going strong. Sharpe's Escape slots between Sharpe's Gold and Sharpe's Battle and like the rest of the series is packed full of historical detail and are a thoroughly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2004

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