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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007487126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007487127
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.9 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A more exhilarating series of snapshots into marine adventures in an age of exploration would be hard to imagine’
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‘This anthology of salty yarns laid the foundations for the… Aubrey-Maturin cycle. Splendidly transporting’
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About the Author

Patrick 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.


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Bought as a present for my Dad. He's always loved Patrick O'brian's work and our bookshelves are littered with his other books. This was something that had slipped under his radar. Its an unusual concept and is really well written. He happily delves in and out of it and its nice to have something on the shelf that doesn't need to be read cover to cover but can be enjoyed over a long period of time.
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A facsimile (on what looks and feels like War Economy Standard paper) of a 1947 original that itself consisted of texts unmodernised 'down to the last inconsistency in spelling'. Had it not been Patrick O'Brian who edited that original, this defiantly unfashionable, possibly rather trivial book would never have seen the light of day. O'Brian (whose fictions I have no intention of reading) makes a pleasingly wry companion. Lithgow's Painefull Peregrinations are omitted, O'Brian tells us, because he'd recently been republished. In 1928, by my reckoning. This will nestle comfortably beside that trusty winter companion, Eric Newby's Book of Travellers' Tales (much larger, but with shorter extracts)
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a simply wonderful and fascinating collection of historic writings - such fun
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interesting stories. good selections you might expect guided by the hand of obrian
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Best historical writer of maritime stories.
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