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The Surgeon's Mate : Aubrey/Maturin series - Patrick O'Brian

The Surgeon's Mate

Aubrey/Maturin series


Published: 4th November 1996
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Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their beginning, with Master and Commander, these evocative stories are being re-issued in paperback with smart new livery. This is the seventh book in the series.

Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are ordered home by despatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French intelligence network in the New World, and the attentions of two privateers soon become menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the Grand Banks is as thrilling, as tense and as unexpected in its culmination as anything Patrick O'Brian has written.

Then, among other things, follows a shipwreck and a particularly sinister internment in the notorious Temple Prison in Paris. Once again, the tigerish and fascinating Diana Villiers redresses the balance in this man's world of seamanship and war.

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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I found five of the series in remainder racks in country supermarkets in WA. Read vols 1 & 2 and became a serious convert / addict. Vol 1 is virtually Midshipman 101 for theory although I probably would not want to experience the practice (up a mast carrying out running repairs to rigging in a gale) - seriously enthralling. A huge amount of detail to absorb and beautifully written in a style no longer current in mainstream novels but gives a substantial grasp of the conditions on a warship at the time and the politics involved on shore as well as the characters - Russell Crowe and Paul Bethany were perfect selections for the "Master & Commander" movie (a composition of two of these novels) - maybe someone will venture forth with a sequel. With my recent purchases I now have the whole series uninterrupted so will savour these over the next 5-6 months as time permits. I will strive to keep the series intact.

Darlington WA


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'...full of the energy that comes from a writer having struck a vein... Patrick O'Brian is unquestionably the Homer of the Napoleonic wars.' James Hamilton- Paterson 'You are in for the treat of your lives. Thank God for Patrick O'Brian: his genius illuminates the literature of the English language, and lightens the lives of those who read him.' Kevin Myers, Irish Times 'In a highly competitive field it goes straight to the top. A real first-rater.' Mary Renault 'I never enjoyed a novel about the sea more. It is not only that the author describes the handling of a ship of 1800 with an accuracy that is as comprehensible as it is detailed, a remarkable feat in itself. Mr O'Brian's three chief characters are drawn with no less depth of sympathy than the vessels he describes, a rare achievement save in the greatest writers of this genre. It deserves the widest readership.' Irish Times

ISBN: 9780006499213
ISBN-10: 000649921X
Series: Aubrey/Maturin series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 4th November 1996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 15.8  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.29