Patrick O'Brian

Patrick O'Brian

by Nikolai Tolstoy

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Overview

Patrick O'Brian by Nikolai Tolstoy

The definitive biography of the revered author of the Aubrey/Maturin novels.

To many, Patrick O'Brian was the greatest British novelist of the twentieth century. The fifteen volumes of the series set in the Royal Navy of the early nineteenth century and featuring Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin have been hailed as "the best historical novels ever written." They have sold in their millions throughout the world.

Nikolai Tolstoy knew O'Brian better than any other person. His acquaintanceship with him lasted forty-five years, during most of O'Brian's marriage to Mary Tolstoy, Nikolai's mother. Tolstoy stayed with the couple regularly at their French home and was a frequent correspondent with the reclusive and secretive author, discovering the facets of his character and creativity that he showed to no one else.

Benefiting from Tolstoy's exclusive access to letters, notebooks and photographs belonging to the novelist, the biography sheds a fascinating light on the life of the great writer, providing unparalleled insight into O'Brian's enigmatic personality and creative genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780712670258
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.75(d)

About the Author

Nikolai Tolstoy is a highly recognized and acclaimed historian and biographer. He was the sole beneficiary of his stepfather’s will and is one of the trustees of O’Brian’s estate.

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