One of our greatest contemporary novelists, Patrick O’Brian is the author of the twenty volumes of the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series, as well as many other books, including Testimonies, The Golden Ocean, The Unknown Shore, and biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso.
"A few books work their way… onto [bestseller] lists by genuine,
lasting excellence—witness The Lord of the Rings, or Patrick
O’Brian’s sea stories."
*Ursula K. Le Guin*
"I love these books.… [They offer] the same sense of lived experience as Hilary Mantel.… They will sweep you away and return you delighted, increased and stunned. If the phrase ‘Napoleonic war fiction’ fills you with anticipation, then you don’t need me to convince you to read O’Brian. But for the rest of you.… [P]lease, just trust me."
*Nicola Griffith - NPR*