A handsome new Folio series introduces Horatio Hornblower, C. S. Forester’s brilliant Royal Navy hero of the Napoleonic Wars, lavishly illustrated by Joe McLaren and introduced by longtime admirer Bernard Cornwell.
Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799
Illustrated by Douglas Smith
Introduced by the author
Bernard Cornwell’s celebrated hero Richard Sharpe leaps into the fray with Sharpe’s Tiger. Artist Douglas Smith has provided the stirring illustrations for the first in this new Folio series.
Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Janson with Gainsborough Serif as display
Colour frontispiece plus 3 integrated black & white scratchboard illustrations
2 maps redrawn by Kevin Freeborn
9˝ x 5¾˝
Meticulous accuracy and stirring action
‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.’
- George R. R. Martin
Douglas Smith’s lively scratchboard images have been crafted with advice from both the author and the National Army Museum and, like the novels, they are full of action and suspense – droplets of blood are flung into the air as Sharpe is flogged, and the eponymous tiger is given a terrifying solidity as it hangs mid-pounce.
Following in the footsteps of Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey before him, Richard Sharpe is one of the world’s best-loved historical fiction heroes. Cornwell’s meticulous research and powerful storytelling put the reader in the centre of a fascinating period of history, standing shoulder to shoulder with the 33rd regiment or holding their breath in the Tippoo’s dungeon. Sharpe is an illiterate ex-thief at the beginning of Sharpe’s Tiger, however he soon shows himself to be the best of soldiers – tough, capable and able to think on his feet. As Cornwell says in his exclusive introduction for this edition: ‘He’s a rogue, but he’s our rogue’.
Into the tiger’s den
India, 1799. The great beast that is the British army makes its way steadily to the city of Seringapatam, hungry to throw down the Tippoo of Mysore. For Richard Sharpe, a private in the 33rd regiment, it’s a dangerous time – the odious and crafty Sergeant Hakeswill despises him and looks for any opportunity to see the upstart private flogged to death. But Sharpe soon has bigger problems … Recruited for an undercover mission, he must rescue a British officer from within Seringapatam itself, all under the very nose of the Tippoo Sultan and his man-eating tigers. A plot is forming behind the city walls, one that could deal a devastating blow to the British Army. Can Sharpe put a stop to it in time, or will Hakeswill see him fed to the Sultan’s pets?
About Bernard Cornwell
About Douglas Smith
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