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Years and years ago I was a journalist in Belfast and I remember a night just before Christmas when a group of us were sitting in a city-centre pub getting drunk and maudlin, and discussing, as journalists are wont to do, how much easier life would be if only we were novelists. No more hard work, just story-telling, and somehow we invented the name of an author and a bet was laid. The bet was a ...
A character named Rifleman Matthew Dodd appears in several of Bernard Cornwell's early (chronologically) Sharpe's novels, set during the Peninsular War. This is a passing nod to author C.S. Forester
who wrote a novel featuring a British rifleman named Dodd, titled "Death to the French" (aka: "Rifleman Dodd"). Cornwell himself has said that his character is meant to be the same person as Forester's...