Clarissa Oakes (An Aubrey & Maturin Adventure)

 
9780007899852: Clarissa Oakes (An Aubrey & Maturin Adventure)

The fifteenth Aubrey-Maturin novel in which Jack finds himself re-united with the Surprise, but dangerously out of touch with his crew.

All the elements that have made Patrick O’Brian’s astonishing series one of the most highly praised works in contemporary fiction are here in Clarissa Oakes – the narrative grip, the impeccable ear for dialogue, the humour and the unsurpassed capacity to create and recreate a rich and true friendship between two men in the late eighteenth-century.

Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the hated Australian prison colonies in his favourite vessel the Surprise, pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. He soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime’s experience he does not know what the foremost hands or even his own officers are thinking. They know, as he does not, that the Surprise has a stranger aboard: and what they, for their part, do not know is that the stranger is potentially as dangerous as a light in the powder magazine itself.

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‘What is so gripping about O’Brian’s novels is the completeness with which he invents a world which is our own and not our own… O’Brian is a brilliant observer.’
A.S. Byatt, Evening Standard

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READ BY ROBERT HARDY

Captain Jack Aubrey sails away from the brutal Australian prison colonies, returned to his favourite ship the 'Surprise', but pondering on middle age and sexual frustration. Furthermore, he soon becomes aware that he is out of touch with the mood of his ship: to his astonishment he finds that in spite of a lifetime’s experience he does not know what the foremast hands or even his own officers are thinking. They know, as he does not, that the 'Surprise' has a stranger aboard, but what they do not know is that the stranger is potentially as dangerous as a lightin the powder magazine itself …

“He writes with humour, irony and an eye for those telling details that give you a man in a moment.”
ALAN JUDD, 'Sunday Times'

“ …Robert Hardy hass a consummate knack of giving timbre and atmosphere to everything he reads.”
TIME OUT

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