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1st.ed., 2000. Xix + 428 pp., 33 photo-plates + 4 drawings. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. Fame came to Patrick O’Brian late in life and he took great pains to keep his past and private life confidential. With his death in January 2000, curiosity about his carefully guarded secrets reached its peak and the author set out to discover the life of a man who was born Richard Patrick Russ. ‘Patrick O’Brian’ emerged after the war and eventually led to him writing the masterful novels surrounding Aubrey-Maturin and the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. This is the first biography of a secretive and complex writer whose books continue to bring pleasure to thousands all over the world. [See also No. 165]

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