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Cornwell, Bernard. EXCALIBUR - Michael Joseph 1997

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Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell. 1997 - Michael Joseph. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell, published in 1997 by Michael Joseph.

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Title Excalibur
Author Bernard Cornwell
Publisher Michael Joseph
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1997
ISBN 0718100573
Cover Price 16.99
No. Pages 436
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.84

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has blue boards and metalic lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and not excessively toned, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £16.99. It is very bright and glossy and just a small crease on the inner front flap.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.


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Bernard Cornwell

Born in Essex in 1944 Bernard Cornwell was adopted at the age of six weeks by two members of a strict fundamentalist sect called the Peculiar People. He grew up in a household that forbade alcohol, cigarettes, dances, television, conventional medicine and toy guns. Not surprisingly, he developed a fascination for military adventure.

In 1979, his life changed when he fell in love with an American. "Judy couldn't live here, so I gave up my job and moved to the US. I couldn't get a green card, and for 18 months the only thing I could do was write novels." The result was his first book about 19th century hero, Richard Sharpe, SHARPE'S EAGLE.

Today with many Sharpe adventures behind him and worldwide sales of over 2 million, plus a series about the American Civil War, the Starbuck novels, and an enormously successful trilogy about King Arthur, The Warlord Chronicles. Bernard Cornwell owns houses in Cape Cod and Florida and two boats. Every year he takes two months off from his writing and spends most of his time on his 24 foot Cornish crabber, Royalist.



Synopsis of this title

If Arthur existed (and I am quite certain he did) then he was probably the great British war leader who won the battle of Mount Badon. No one knows where it was fought, or how it was fought, but we do know that the battle took place and it was the one great defeat inflicted on the English invaders of Britain. In Excalibur we follow Arthur and Derfel to that enormous struggle and incredible victory. It not only throws the Saxons back, but reunites Arthur and Guinevere. He might hope now to be left alone, to have a time of peace after gaining a great victory, but new enemies arise to destroy all he has achieved. First is Mordred himself, the crippled king who owes everything to Arthur and now tries to kill his benefactor. Mordred's ally is Nimue who has come to hate her mentor, Merlin. And so the story ends as it has always ended, at Camlann . . . 'and so my lord was gone. And no one has seen him since.'

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'Medieval times burst to life in Cornwell's canny retelling of the King Arthur myth.' --People

'The action is gripping and skillfully paced, cadenced by passages in which the characters reveal themselves in conversation and thought, convincingly evoking the spirit of the time.' --Publishers Weekly on Excalibur (starred review)


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