The Master & Commander Subscription

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Master & Commander is a series of nautical historical novels by Patrick O’Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centring on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin, a physician, natural philosopher, and intelligence agent.

 

This subscription will consist of all novels in the series starting with Master & Commander – a taste of which is below – and ending with The Final, Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey which was incomplete at the time of O’Brian’s death in 2000 and published posthumously in 2004

 

You’ll get one book every month in the series publication order – If you’d like to start with a later book, then just let me know!

 

Master & Commander blurb

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O’Brian’s portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute.

His power of characterisation is above all masterly. This brilliant historical novel marked the debut of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever, the author of what Alan Judd, writing in the Sunday Times, has described as ‘the most significant extended story since Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time’.

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Master & Commander is a series of nautical historical novels by Patrick O’Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centring on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin, a physician, natural philosopher, and intelligence agent.

 

This subscription will consist of all novels in the series starting with Master & Commander – a taste of which is below – and ending with The Final, Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey which was incomplete at the time of O’Brian’s death in 2000 and published posthumously in 2004

 

You’ll get one book every month in the series publication order – If you’d like to start with a later book, then just let me know!

 

Master & Commander blurb

Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written.

It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent. It contains all the action and excitement which could possibly be hoped for in a historical novel, but it also displays the qualities which have put O’Brian far ahead of any of his competitors: his depiction of the detail of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weapons, food, conversation and ambience, of the landscape and of the sea. O’Brian’s portrayal of each of these is faultless and the sense of period throughout is acute.

His power of characterisation is above all masterly. This brilliant historical novel marked the debut of a writer who grew into one of our greatest novelists ever, the author of what Alan Judd, writing in the Sunday Times, has described as ‘the most significant extended story since Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time’.

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Weight 0.5 kg
Author

O'Brian, Patrick

Publisher

HarperCollins

Binding

Paperback

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1, 2

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