An illegitimate 'war baby', Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944 to a Canadian airman father and a Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force mother. As a baby, he was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to 'The Peculiar People' - a (now extinct) religious sector. He escaped to London as a teenager where he went to University, worked a short stint as a teacher and then joined the BBC, where he was to remain for the next ten years. It was while he was working in Dublin that he met and fell in love with Judy, a visiting American. He moved to the States to be with her and, after being refused a Green Card, embarked on his writing career - a job that didn't require a permit.
He began writing about the escapades of Richard Sharpe, a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars. It was then that the world-renowned Sharpe series was born. There are now over 20 Sharpe adventures, made into a hit television show starring Sean Bean. As well as the Sharpe series, he has written, among others, The Starbuck Chronicles - a series about the American Civil War, The Grail Quest novels and the number one bestselling series, The Warrior Chronicles. In total, Bernard has published over 40 books, most of which have been translated into more than 12 languages.
Warriors of The Storm
The 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. A fragile peace is about to be broken...King Alfred's son Edward and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But forces are rising up against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. Despite the gathering threat, both Edward and Aethelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications. But with Uhtred's own daughter married to Ivarson's brother, who can be trusted? In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior's courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred,and this may be his finest hour.