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Sharpe’s Tiger is the brilliant beginning of Sharpe’s adventures
The citadel of Seringapatam is under siege. Navigating this dangerous kingdom of bejewelled palaces and poverty, Private Richard Sharpe embarks on a rescue mission to save a senior officer from the clutches of the Tippoo of Mysore – and oust the Sultan from his throne.
The fortress of Mysore is considered impregnable, but one of the greatest threats comes from betrayal within the British ranks. And the man to outwit enemies from both sides is Sharpe . . .
‘A master storyteller’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Sharpe and his creator are national treasures.' Sunday Telegraph
'Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.' Daily Mail
'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' Observer
‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.’ George R.R. Martin
About the author
Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC TV for seven years, mostly as producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television’s Thames at Six. Married to an American, he now lives in the United States.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The prequel to Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe series is a thrilling tale of military espionage set in colonial India. (Good news: You don’t need to have read a word of the earlier books to enjoy this one!) Disillusioned young private Richard Sharpe is so ready to get out of the British Army that he joins a near-suicidal mission to infiltrate an enemy sultan’s lavish kingdom and rescue a captured colonel. Packed with well-researched historical detail, Sharpe’s Tiger paints a sobering picture of the brutality of life under British occupation and teaches us a thing or two about the 1799 siege of Seringapatam. We love how skilfully Cornwell explains the region’s deeply complex religious conflicts. More than just a spy story, his novel is a thoughtful depiction of the violence and chaos of colonialism. The result is historical fiction so vivid, it feels like the most exciting documentary ever.