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A Book of Voyages by Patrick O'Brian
  

A Book of Voyages

Travel   Biography / Autobiography   History   

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An early book by Patrick O’Brian, reissued to mark the anniversary of his birth. It’s a collection of travel writing from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, writing Patrick O’Brian loved and went on to use as background material for his Jack Aubrey novels. Interesting for this fact alone but the book also contains some rare and little-known examples of travel writing which makes it particularly valuable.

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Synopsis

A Book of Voyages by Patrick O'Brian

An anthology of 17th and 18th century travel writing that inspired the hugely popular Aubrey/Maturin series, collected and introduced by Patrick O'Brian, beautifully repackaged to mark the centenary of his birth. Patrick O'Brian has unearthed from obscurity the most dynamic travel writing of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. With his scholarly mind, editor's eye, and traveller's heart he brings together a series of thrilling seaward tales. Expertly chosen by O'Brian and prefaced with details that bring these extracts to vivid life, A Book of Voyages is a broad yet intimate portrait of what life was like at sea during a time of discovery. This rare collection sheds a glorious light onto these accounts of seaward adventure. From why eating rats is necessary and how to powder your hair in France to how to truly face fear and distress during a terrifying sea passage, this collection is rich in travellers' experiences. A Book of Voyages is a unique opportunity to not only accompany an adored nautical author as he digs up one gripping historical treasure after another, but to understand how he was inspired to write the Aubrey Maturin series for which he is so famous.

Reviews

Praise for Patrick O'Brian's fiction:

'Patrick O'Brian is one of the most compelling and brilliant novelists of his time with a huge and dedicated band of admirers in all manner of places. Beyond his superbly elegant writing, wit and originality, he showed an understanding of the nature of a floating world at the mercy of the wind and the sea which has never been surpassed.'
-Max Hastings

'These novels are a brilliant achievement. They display staggering erudition on almost all aspects of family life'
-TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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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Book Info

Publication date

6th November 2014

Author

Patrick O'Brian

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Author's Website

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Travel
Biography / Autobiography
History

Anthologies (non-poetry)
Classic travel writing

ISBN

9780007487127

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