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.
`Both books are full of the fantasy that has made O'Brian's
seafaring yarns such a success. Like them, they are full of
engaging adventures, curious lore, fond descriptions of food and
scenes of battle... Caesar makes delightful, often hilarious
reading... Hussein is more sophisticated. Here fully thirty years
before Master and Commander was published is the unmistakable
texture of O'Brian's historical fiction. Hussein has it all: the
immersion in another world, full of local colour, the delight in a
specialised vocabulary, the relish of male camaraderie, travel,
treasure and fighting.'
David Sexton, Evening Standard
`O'Brian admirers can now appreciate another dimension to his writing' Alex O'Connell, The Times