The first ever collection of poems by Patrick O’Brian, author of the Aubrey/Maturin series of Napoleonic naval adventures.
In these poems we see a writer full of a young man’s spirit, challenging life, and then an author reflecting an old man’s melancholy at youth gone; in between, as he describes the places he lived and people he encountered, are poems of sly observation, wry humour and delicate beauty.
‘O’Brian writes like a man to whom writing comes as easily as breathing: precisely, fluently, economically’ Sunday Telegraph
O’Brian’s mastery of language is most wonderful of all. He manages to capture that mixture of toughness and grace which, for me at least, makes formal eighteenth-century English so attractive....Read more
The House that Jack Built
Most people would agree that Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels, set when Britain’s Navy had first Napoleon and then the USA to confront, are among the best historical fiction the...Read more
A Friendship of Opposites
Never one for naval yarns I didn’t at first spot Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin novels, which are set in the wars at sea against Napoleon and then the United States. But once I’d tried one...Read more