Patrick O'Brian


Born
in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, The United Kingdom
December 12, 1914

Died
January 02, 2000

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Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series of historical novels has been described as "a masterpiece" (David Mamet, New York Times), "addictively readable" (Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune), and "the best historical novels ever written" (Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review), which "should have been on those lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century" (George Will).

Set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, O'Brian's twenty-volume series centers on the enduring friendship between naval officer Jack Aubrey and physician (and spy) Stephen Maturin. The Far Side of the World, the tenth book in the series, was adapted into a 2003 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. The film was nom
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Average rating: 4.31 · 244,104 ratings · 10,446 reviews · 103 distinct worksSimilar authors
Master and Commander (Aubre...

4.10 avg rating — 40,753 ratings — published 1970 — 115 editions
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H.M.S. Surprise (Aubrey & M...

4.42 avg rating — 14,092 ratings — published 1973 — 73 editions
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The Mauritius Command (Aubr...

4.35 avg rating — 12,243 ratings — published 1977 — 68 editions
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Desolation Island (Aubrey &...

4.39 avg rating — 11,003 ratings — published 1978 — 62 editions
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The Fortune of War (Aubrey ...

4.39 avg rating — 10,246 ratings — published 1979 — 58 editions
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The Surgeon's Mate (Aubrey ...

4.39 avg rating — 9,610 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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The Far Side of the World (...

4.45 avg rating — 9,492 ratings — published 1984 — 17 editions
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Post Captain (Aubrey & Matu...

4.29 avg rating — 15,853 ratings — published 1972 — 76 editions
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The Truelove (Aubrey & Matu...

4.36 avg rating — 7,027 ratings — published 1991 — 50 editions
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The Hundred Days (Aubrey & ...

4.35 avg rating — 6,065 ratings — published 1998 — 42 editions
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“Wit is the unexpected copulation of ideas.”
Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days

“But you know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.”
Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander

“I sew his ears on from time to time, sure.”
Patrick O'Brian, Post Captain

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