Desolation Island (Aubrey / Maturin #5)

Author: Patrick O'Brian
Homepage 9780006499244

Stock information

General Fields

  • : $20.99(AUD)
  • : 9780006499244
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • : Harper Element
  • : 0.267
  • : April 1997
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : 20.99
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Aubrey-Maturin Ser.
  • : Paperback
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  • : 348
  • : Illustrations
Barcode 9780006499244


Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin tales are widely acknowledged to be the greatest series of historical novels ever written. Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon, Stephen Maturin, sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a treacherous disease which decimates the crew. The ingredients of a wonderfully powerful and dramatic O'Brian novel are heightened by descriptive writing of rare quality. Nowhere in contemporary prose have the majesty and terror of the sea been more effectively rendered than in the thrilling chase through an Antarctic storm in which Jack's ship, under-manned and out-gunned, is the quarry not the hunter.

Author description

Patrick O'Brian, one of our greatest contemporary novelists, is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. His first novel, Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories were recently republished by HarperCollins. 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 was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Trinity College, Dublin. He died in January 2000 at the age of 85.