"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.
Today with 15 Sharpe adventures behind him and worldwide sales of over 2 million, plus a successful series of novels about the American Civil War, the Starbuck Chronicles, and the first instalment of a new Arthurian trilogy, Bernard Cornwell owns houses in Cape Cod and Florida and two boats. His success, nevertheless, has been accompanies by much hard work. Each Sharpe novel requires weeks of research, often abroad, and takes at least five months to write, working from early in the morning until 6pm. Every year, however, he takes two months off and spends most of his time on his 24 foot Cornish crabber, Royalist.