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Sharpe's Christmas [Paperback]

Bernard Cornwell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Book Description

3 Sep 2003
Sharpe's Christmas contains two short stories, Sharpe's Christmas and Sharpe's Ransom. Sharpe's Christmas is set in 1813, towards the end of the Peninsular War and falls after Sharpe's Regiment. Sharpe's Ransom comes after Sharpe's Waterloo, is set in peacetime and provides of glimpse of Sharpe's life in Normandy with Lucille.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: The Sharpe Appreciation Society (3 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972222014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972222013
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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176 of 178 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 28 April 2004
Both of these stories were originally written for & published by the DailyMail. They were intended to be 12,000 words long (exactly!) & werepublished in the Christmas editions of the paper to pad out the rathersparse holiday editions. Bernard Cornwell writes a very amusing intro tothe book describing this process. He's since rewritten both stories &padded them out with a little more detail. Both stories aim to have someChristmas spirit, but as Mr. Cornwell says "Sharpe isn't well known forwishing peace & goodwill to his fellow man"..quite the opposite infact!
The first story "Sharpes Christmas" is set in the Pyrenees during thewinter of 1813 & fits in just after the events of "Sharpes Regiment".Sharpe is tasked with stopping a French garrison escape from Spain throughthe mountains. The garrison is lead by Colonel Guidon (from SharpesTiger), a man described by Sharpe as "the best officer he ever met". Its astandard "Sharpe easily defeating massed columns of French" story but theconclusion is quite suprising & unusually touching (at least by Sharpestandards!)
The second story "Sharpes Ransom" is set in Normandy after Waterloo.Sharpe is trying to settle down with his new woman, Lucille & son, but thelocal villagers are unhappy about "an englishman" living with them. WhenLucille is kidnapped Sharpe has to win over the locals....fast. Many ofthe events described refer directly to "Sharpe's revenge". If you haven'tread it for a while a refresher is recommended. I enjoyed thepost-Waterloo Sharpe & personally I think there's more opportunity for afull novel here than in the rather contrived "Sharpes Waterloo".
Both stories are short & can be read in an hour or two.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell at his best (But too short) 6 July 2004
I have read every Sharpe book and have enjoyed them all. These two short stories keep up the trend, though I found them on the short side. I especially enjoyed the Peace time Sharpe's Ransom and would like to hear more of how Sharpe copes with civilian life in enemy territory. As with all the books you are left wanting more and I hope Cornwell fills in more of the gaps in the Sharpe years.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 May 2005
By ok
For those of as all who know and love Sharpe, this story comes just after "Sharpe's Regiment", set in the Pyrenees, and it's a typical Sharpe story.Excellent, but too short.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good short story 2 July 2009
Almost like a booklet than a book, but once I started reading I couldn't put it down until I finished it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet 22 Oct 2008
By chuckles VINE VOICE
This is basically 2 Newspaper Christmas stories expanded and published for the fans. As a huge Cornwell & Sharpe fan I really wanted to read these, and was very glad I did. 2 very good stories full of Christmas spirit done in a way that only Sharpe can manage. OK, this is expensive for 2 short stories but a must have for all Sharpe fans, and the profits are for the Sharpe appreciation society and their charities, so was happy to pay for this.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but enjoyable 16 Nov 2007
Sharpe's Christmas is a thin volume of two stories that were originally in the Christmas editions of the Daily Mail and like Sharpes Skirmish have been reprinted and added to by Mr Cornwell. it is a thin volume of two short stories but I loved them and I am sure every Sharpe fan will too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very thin volume, but excellent 17 Nov 2010
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I didn't realise that this was going to be such a thin book when I ordered it as a Christmas present, but on Christmas Day, it was discovered to have been signed by the author, which was great surprise and bonus. According to my wife who is a big fan of Bernard Cornwell and the Sharpe stories, it's an excellent book. Therefore, no complaints.
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2.0 out of 5 stars very.. very.. short! 5 May 2010
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good tale. But oh dear me it realy is very short. I wouldn't mind so much if the price wasn't so high! the whole book is just a quater of an inch thick. not great value for money.
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The Sharp books are all so well written that you could almost be drawn into believing him to be real; this Sharp in the uneasy peace after the war is no exception
Published 1 month ago by jack
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different Sharpe book
I realised once I'd finished this Sharpe book, that it was the only Sharpe book ever, where nobody was killed, or died haha. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Damian
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe fan
I bought this book to complete my collection of the Sharpe series. Was a little dissapointed at the short stories but pleased with my purchase.
Published 6 months ago by mad1
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have been after this for a number of years It is Cornwall at his very best, a great read and the two stories are just great
Published 6 months ago by digger
5.0 out of 5 stars sharps christmas
book was not for me but for son in law as he got them all now and that one was the last one but the service was great
Published 7 months ago by gerry
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed reader
I was very disappointed with this book if you can call it that its only about 2mm thick like a pamphlet it will only take half an hour to read if you fancy a good read don't buy... Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrs m bates
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
i have only got one more sharpe book to buy for the entire set, this a very good read and would recommend it to everyone
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Robert Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief Christmas glimpses of Richard in France
Short enjoyable episodes away from the wars that can be read in a day. Makes me wish I hadn't given all my Sharpe books to charuty.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. P. A. Rook
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Only ninety four pages containg 2 short stories.Good Sharpe yarns but a pity they were not longer.Quite interesting though for fans
Published 11 months ago by David Shipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpes Christmas book
This arrived very quickly and although is only a very short book, just two short stories I think my husband enjoyed it well enough although not as interesting as the full size... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sheila goridge
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