Bernard Cornwell

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We’re over twenty books into the series about Richard Sharpe, a British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. Four books into the adventures of Nathaniel Starbuck, fighting for the South in the American Civil War—along with three books of Warlord Chronicles, set in the years after Rome’s retreat from the British Isles, and four books about a belated Grail Quest, set during the Hundred Years’ War.

Add in five modern sea thrillers, five stand-alone historical novels, a non-fiction account of Waterloo—together with Warriors of the Storm, this winter’s entry in the nine-volume series of Saxon Stories, set during the tenth-century Danish invasions of England—and Bernard Cornwell has been about as busy as it is possible for a writer to be, penning over fifty books since 1981.

Editor's Blog

Young Black Voters More Open to Sanders’ Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders / AP

Younger African American voters are more open than their older counterparts to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I., Vt) presidential campaign, indicating that Hillary Clinton could face problems in states like South Carolina if millennials turn out in large numbers to support her challenger.

Russia Keeps Bombing Despite Syria Truce; Assad Vows to Fight On

An unexploded cluster bomblet is seen along a street after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held al-Ghariyah al-Gharbiyah town, in Deraa province

MUNICH/AMMAN (Reuters) – Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with its relentless bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight on until he regains full control of the country.

Reid Urges Immoral Grayson to Drop From Fla. Senate Race

Alan Grayson / AP

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Friday issued a rare rebuke of a fellow Democrat, calling on Rep. Alan Grayson (R., Fla.) to drop out of the Florida Senate race due to his “disgraceful” behavior, according to a statement.

Bernie Sanders Endorses Imperialist Warmonger

Winston Churchill / AP

Insurgent socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) gave the thumbs up for an imperialist warmonger and fierce critic of socialism on Thursday’s debate.

A Washington Winter’s Midsummer Delight

Midsummer1

If Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has a moral, it’s that love makes you act dumb and weird. Aaron Posner’s Midsummer, now playing through March 6 at the Folger, is also dumb and weird, but in a good way.

The worst thing a director can do with Midsummer is to make it cutesy: put a bunch of teensy weensy fairies in tutus and have them prance around the stage, strewing flowers and being precious. Posner wisely eschews twee and goes for a bawdy, slapstick vibe that often touches on the bizarre.

New Hampshire and the End of History

Sanders and Trump

Maybe nothing’s going to change. Maybe both Sanders and Trump will lose their bids for the nomination, and we’ll all be back where we started. Maybe that time after the New Hampshire results came in, leaving journalists and political operatives to nervously trot out stale jokes like Mencken’s crack about democracy being about the people getting what they want, good and hard—well, maybe that will all one day be nothing more than a memory.

‘Deadpool’ Review

Deadpool

Hollywood is perhaps best understood as a fancier version of professional wrestling. And in Hollywood, like in professional wrestling, there’s a whole coterie of relatively bland guys that the industry is trying to “put over”—that is, make audiences care about and cheer for them to succeed. Sam Worthington and Jai Courtney, for instance, are actors without anything resembling star power or charisma. Hollywood, for years, has tried to make them “a thing.”

Looking for Le Carré

john le carre

For sheer entertainment, there is no better postwar English novelist than John le Carré. When Adam Sisman tells us in his intriguing biography that the brilliant Karla trilogy of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honorable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People was planned as a loose, extended novel cycle after the manner of Balzac’s Comédie humaine, the tease is almost too mean, especially for those of us who think that le Carré’s work has suffered since the end of the Cold War and would like nothing better than to know what poor shabby Toby Esterhase did with himself in the “Cool Britannia” ’90s.

A Washington Winter’s Midsummer Delight

Midsummer1

If Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has a moral, it’s that love makes you act dumb and weird. Aaron Posner’s Midsummer, now playing through March 6 at the Folger, is also dumb and weird, but in a good way.

The worst thing a director can do with Midsummer is to make it cutesy: put a bunch of teensy weensy fairies in tutus and have them prance around the stage, strewing flowers and being precious. Posner wisely eschews twee and goes for a bawdy, slapstick vibe that often touches on the bizarre.

Young Black Voters More Open to Sanders’ Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders / AP

Younger African American voters are more open than their older counterparts to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I., Vt) presidential campaign, indicating that Hillary Clinton could face problems in states like South Carolina if millennials turn out in large numbers to support her challenger.

Russia Keeps Bombing Despite Syria Truce; Assad Vows to Fight On

An unexploded cluster bomblet is seen along a street after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held al-Ghariyah al-Gharbiyah town, in Deraa province

MUNICH/AMMAN (Reuters) – Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with its relentless bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight on until he regains full control of the country.

Reid Urges Immoral Grayson to Drop From Fla. Senate Race

Alan Grayson / AP

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Friday issued a rare rebuke of a fellow Democrat, calling on Rep. Alan Grayson (R., Fla.) to drop out of the Florida Senate race due to his “disgraceful” behavior, according to a statement.