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Authors: Bernard Cornwell

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Sharpe and Harper, though, are now bound for Talavera. From Talavera to France is a long way,
but that elite of the British army, the greenjacketed Rifleman, marched every step of the way,
and when it became necessary, he foot-slogged from Waterloo into Paris itself. Sharpe and Harper
have yet to complete either journey, so they will march again.

The End

About the Author

 

Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944 - a
'warbaby' - whose father was a Canadian airman and mother in Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air
Force. He was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to a religious sect called the Peculiar
People (and they were), but escaped to London University and, after a stint as a teacher, he
joined BBC Television where he worked for the next 10 years. He began as a researcher on the
Nationwide programme and ended as Head of Current Affairs Television for the BBC in Northern
Ireland. It was while working in Belfast that he met Judy, a visiting American, and fell in love.
Judy was unable to move to Britain for family reasons so Bernard went to the States where he was
refused a Green Card. He decided to earn a living by writing, a job that did not need a permit
from the US government - and for some years he had been wanting to write the adventures of a
British soldier in the Napoleonic wars - and so the Sharpe series was born. Bernard and Judy
married in 1980, are still married, still live in the States and he is still writing
Sharpe.

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