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- DescriptionPatrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely ackwledged to be the greatest series of historical vels ever written. Now these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback by Harper Perennial with stunning new jackets. It is still the War of 1812. Patrick O'Brian takes his hero Jack Aubrey and his tetchy, sardonic friend Stephen Maturin on a voyage as fascinating as anything he has ever written. They set course across the South Atlantic to intercept a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. If they do t come up with her before she rounds the Horn, they must follow her into the Great South Sea and as far across the Pacific as she may lead them. It is a commission after Jack's own heart. Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence. Aubrey has to cope with a succession of disasters - men overboard, castaways, encounters with savages, storms, typhoons, groundings, shipwrecks, to say thing of murder and criminal insanity. That the enemy is in fact faithfully dealt with, one who has the hour of Captain Aubrey's acquaintance can take leave to doubt.
- Author BiographyPatrick O'Brian, until his death in 2000, was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed 'Aubrey-Maturin' tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He is the author of many other books including 'Testimonies', and his 'Collected Short Stories'. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime's contribution to literature. In the same year he was awarded the CBE. In 1997 he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. He lived for many years in South West France and he died in Dublin in January 2000.
- Author(s)Patrick O'Brian
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
- Date of Publication04/06/2007
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWilliam Collins
- Content NoteIllustrations, map
- Weight248 g
- Width130 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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