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Life in Nelson's Navy (Life Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Lavery
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What was it really like to be at sea in the Navy with Nelson? Were the sailors excited about the Battle of Trafalgar, or suffering scurvey? How did life compare between those of a high range, and those who served them? What were conditions like below the decks, living among the rats and the filth? How did you cope if you suffered from sea sickness? This book takes you back in time to see, hear, smell and taste what life was really like for these brave sailors at sea.


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What was it really like to be at sea in the Navy with Nelson? Were that sailors excited about the Battle of Trafalgar, or suffering scurvey? How did life compare between those of a high rank, and those who served them? What were conditions like below the decks, living among the rats and the filth? How did you cope if you suffered from sea sickness? This book takes you back in time to see, hear, smell and taste what life was really like for these brave sailors at sea.

About the Author

Brian Lavery is an expert on Nelson, who was recommended to us by Colin White himself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 150 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (16 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XH9IS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A light history 23 Jun. 2013
By K J
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This is the first "Life Series" book I've read so apologies if I'm stating the obvious to those who already know.

It's not a heavy duty piece packed with fact, figures and analysis. It's pretty light weight and I read it end to end in 3-4 hours. I give it 4 stars because it's pitched at a level that suits me. Every sentence has something interesting and it does paint a picture. I probably retained more about the subject than if it had been a detailed work.

If you aspire to be an expert on Nelson's world buy a text book. If you want to take a peek and get a flavour you could do worse than try this.

Given that it cost less than the average quality daily newspaper and was more entertaining I think it is good value for money.

Kindle and these types of publications are changing my reading habits. I'll be looking fro more of this type of thing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very small thin book! 14 July 2012
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I didn't quite realise how small and thin this book would be!

I purchased it as an introduction to the subject for my son. The book is well written and informative, albeit limited in scope. Sadly there are no pictures, thereby limiting it's appeal. I understand that the author is an authority on the subject.

In conclusion... it's worth a couple of quid but don't expect too much!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life in Nelsons Navy 22 April 2013
By Liz
Format:Kindle Edition
A small but concise and interesting book giving an excellent insight into the life of the 'jolly jack tar'. The chapters are well thought out to give an overall view of naval life. Worth the money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Fairly brief but chock full of interesting facts and explanations of naval terminology. Clearly this was not a lifestyle for the faint of heart!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE (EXISTENCE !!) IN NELSONS NAVY 17 Mar. 2014
By LandlubberDave TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I found this to be an accurate and factualy interesting compact book covering the Nelson era.

Lord Horatio Nelson, who was born in 1758, and fately wounded by a french sniper on the 21st October 1805 aged just 47, having previously lost the sight of his right eye in battle at the age of 35, and his right arm 4 years later, which was amputated at his own request, and without anastetic!! His body was preserved in a brandy mixture, for the return voyage to England where after a State funeral he was laid to rest in the crypt under the large dome in St Paul's Cathedral. A courageous man, as no doubt were many that served under him.

The book consists of seven chapters.... Joining the Navy, The Ship, The Officers, Living on board, Sailing the Ship, War and Battle, and Leaving the Navy, and is an easy read on Naval history. Despite its small size, it does pack a lot in, and is a giveaway at the Kindle price. Definitely recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing for O'Brian readers 18 Jun. 2013
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As a dedicated reader of the wonderful Aubrey/Maturin novels, I was somewhat disappointed in this book as I did not learn anything more than that which I had already learned from O'Brian. Also, the book does not cover fighting a ship at all, a topic I had wanted to learn more about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nelsons Navy 14 Aug. 2013
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A brilliant read, goes a long way into explaining the hardships that these poor sailors went through, a life on the ocean wave wasn't that good after all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Insights 18 Aug. 2013
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I found it factual and enlightening, with an appropriate amount of detail, particularly in the area of organisation of the crew.
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