Master and Commander

Master and Commander

Paperback Published on: 07/10/1996
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Master and Commander
The Start of a One of the Best Adventures in Literature
This is the first of the wonderful Aubrey-Maturin novels. Set during the Napoleonic wars, the series is based round the unlikely friendship between Jack Au... READ MORE
Jane Mac


Set sail for the read of your life ... Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are amongst the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O'Brian's now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels. 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'.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780006499152
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm

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Master and Commander
Just can't put this book down
Master & Commander is a book I have just fell in love with. It pulls you into a world that you never want to leave. I look forward to ordering my next book... READ MORE
Josh Williams
Master and Commander
Not a fan, but will try Patricks other books
I read only 50 pages of this book, found it hard to read as his style is descriptive and portrays many scenes. I did try again but just could not continue.... READ MORE
abnashi banga
Master and Commander
A truly wonderful series of books
This is the first of a twenty book series, the like of which I have never read. The series is set on a Nelsonian warship but embraces relationships, flora,... READ MORE
Christopher Leworthy