This is a first hand romp through the career of a naval officer in Nelson's fleet and for that reason its interesting. It seems to describe events very superficially, especially if you're expecting the same levels of detail that you would, say, get in a Patric O'Brian novel, and then rapidly moves on, travelling around from port to port at a great pace. Its a collection of memoirs really, but these are recollections of memoirs, his originals being lost. My main concern was the price - Its a very small book, mine a hardback, but I had it bought as a present at about 17GBP and it really seems very expensive for what you get. I would say this is for enthusiasts only.
Anyone with any interest in the Napoleonic wars or the Royal Navy will enjoy this book. The author, who wrote this lively account for private reading by his younger brother, rather than history, displays a fine youthful British swagger when recounting his romantic escapades and high jinks, but it is tempered with a humanity towards his enemies , and an appreciation of the wonders of the world that he viewed that does credit to the attitude that our forces have always displayed, whether in war or at peace. Look especially for the accounts of his encounters with the muslim world , especially the 'Walking Devils' p 66 and wonder how little things have changed!
This book is a gem. 'Candid memoirs' is a most adequate description of Lowry's report on his 'peregrinations' (as he would put it) in the Mediterranean area around 1800. Although there is very little to nothing about Nelson or Lady Hamilton (the 'in Nelson's fleet' subtitle is obviously designed to pump up sales), this is a really good read mostly because of Lowry's style. His observations are highly original, colored by impressive referencing to scripture (wherever he lands in the Med he knows exactly which disciple or saint was there too thousands of years ago) & utterly devoid of political correctness. Although Lowry missed the big sea battles (St. Vincent, the Nile), arriving only in late 1798, he did witness the reconquest of Egypt and some of its land battles. A true voice from the past - and the best fill of a rainy sunday afternoon one can imagine.