But as it is probably an English author -- ah... there we go Bernard Cornwell. I'm not too familiar with his work. The only book that I know and read, and have, written by him is ... Excalibur. Beyond that, I am not familiar with his work.
Also, I've come into English literature very late, cause native Dutch speaker.
But this certainly means, I have some reading to do... in fact... I think I just solved my new year's gift problem.