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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 entertaining read.
Sharpe's Escape Synopsis
It is 1810 and the French are making yet another attempt to invade Portugal. Facing them is a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellingtonâ€™s orders, and captain Richard Sharpe.
But Sharpe is in trouble. His job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Sharpe, discarded by his regiment, wages a private war against Ferragus â€“ a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugalâ€™s ancient university city. Sharpeâ€™s enemies are numerous but on his side he has Sergeant Patrick Harper, the Portuguese officer Jorge Vincent and a prickly English governess, whose first aim is to clean up Sharpeâ€™s language.
Sharpeâ€™s Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massenaâ€™s crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.
This is a classic Sharpe novel, with Richard Sharpe in his finest form reunited with Patrick Harper, and facing enemies on every side.
Sharpe's Escape Press Reviews
The Richard Sharpe novels are notable for their wonderfully astringent view of history. Sharpe is a man first and a patriot second: he is as likely to pick a fight with one of his own side as charge blindly towards the enemy.' Sunday Telegraph
â€˜No one is better than Bernard Cornwell in describing battles large and small, howitzer fire, cavalry charges or bayonet attacks.' Evening Standard
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Publication date: 01/11/2004
Publisher: Harper Collins
About Bernard Cornwell
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 ...
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