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For one thing, they now like girls. Along the way he and his pals encounter adventures, disasters and triumphs at their grammar school run by Dominican nuns—Our Lady of the Very Long Thorns in Providence, Rhode Island. Ray is guided by his parents, his three brothers and his huge Italian family. While everyone, it seems, drives Buicks.

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Feb 15, Chris Jarvis rated it it was amazing. This was really short. It really only served to remind me that I need to perhaps go back and re-read the Sharpe novels. Apr 30, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: A great background to the Sharpe series.

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Its lovely to hear some of the reasons behind character names and plot lines. To be honest I would have liked more! Jul 10, Bethan Taylor rated it really liked it. Jun 13, Thermalsatsuma rated it really liked it Shelves: I first picked up a Sharpe book in a public library, sometime in the mid 80s not long after they were originally published. I think it was probably the third or fourth book in the sequence, and after devouring that one I went back to the start with "Sharpe's Eagle" and then followed the rest through in order until I had caught up with the author Bernard Cornwell's prodigious output, to Waterloo and beyond.

I also watched and enjoyed the TV adaptations, although it is tempting to wonder what they I first picked up a Sharpe book in a public library, sometime in the mid 80s not long after they were originally published.

I also watched and enjoyed the TV adaptations, although it is tempting to wonder what they would have been like if the original choice to play Sharpe, Paul McGann, had not been injured on set necessitating his replacement by Sean Bean who really has made the role his own. Sharpe's Story is a brief account by the author of the genesis and progression of the series, with excerpts and examples to illustrate the horrors of battle in that time and the nature of Sharpe's own ruthless brutality.

While some readers would apparently prefer Sharpe to be noble and honourable, Cornwell relishes having Sharpe fight dirty, as he fights battles for those that cannot fight for themselves. The book closes with an autobiographical essay, describing the author's early life with his adoptive parents who were members of a strict religious sect called the Peculiar People.

Out of five adopted siblings, one sadly committed suicide, one remained a Baptist and the remainder did not follow the beliefs that were forced upon them. As the author puts it bluntly, God, one; The Devil, four. This early experience informed the author's atheism and his natural preference for cakes and ale rather than virtue!

A slim volume, and probably one for fans of the series only, but interesting and informative nonetheless. Dec 11, russell barnes rated it it was ok Shelves: Not as good as Sharpe's Skirmish or Sharpe's Christmas , but it's interesting because Cornwall talks about the random chronology of the series, and reasons behind it. I also did NOT know Bernard Cornwell was adopted by a mad religious sect, as revealed in the autobiographical second factual story, Cakes and Ale.

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It all sounded a bit Cold Comfort Farm. Dec 17, Kyle rated it liked it Shelves: Having now finished all of the books in Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, I enjoyed reading about the story behind it all. A bit of an inspiring read as a would-be future writer. It was also interesting to read about the differences between the original Sharpe books and the newer ones interspersed across the timeline.

This is a niche read, though, as only fans of Sharpe or the Napoleonic Wars would get much out of it. But if you like Cornwell's writing, this short book will give you some rare in Having now finished all of the books in Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, I enjoyed reading about the story behind it all. But if you like Cornwell's writing, this short book will give you some rare insight into how it all started. Nov 13, Booklovers Melbourne rated it really liked it. Great little book about Sharpe and how he evolved, though it was sadly written in , immediately after the last Sharpe novel to date, in spite of promises to the contrary in these pages!!

Also worth reading for "Cakes and Ale" the little essay at the end that explains wonderfully Cornwell's attitude to religion. I came away from this short book very pleased to be confirmed in the knowledge I'd always suspected, that I think Bernard Cornwell to be a very interesting character!

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Oct 10, Renee rated it it was amazing. This is the story behind Cornwell's incredible character Richard Sharpe. I have read the books and seen the movies, and they are wonderful. Sharpe fight for England from India, to Denmark to Waterloo. Only 2 left in stock - order soon. Aunt Margaret's Lover Feb Previous Page 1 2 Next Page. Provide feedback about this page. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more.

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