Patrick O'Brian by Dean King
A Life Revealed

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A revealing and insightful look at one of the modern world’s most acclaimed historical novelists
Patrick O’Brian was well into his seventies when the world fell in love with his greatest creation: the maritime adventures of Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey and ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin. But despite his fame, little detail was available about the life of the reclusive author, whose mysterious past King uncovers in this groundbreaking biography. King traces O’Brian’s personal history, beginning as a London-born Protestant named Richard Patrick Russ, to his tortured relationship with his first wife and child, to his emergence from World War II with the entirely new identity under which he would publish twenty volumes in the Aubrey–Maturin series. What King unearths is a life no less thrilling than the seafaring world of O’Brian’s imagination.
 

About Dean King

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Dean King is an established expert on nautical literature and on Patrick O'Brian. His previous books include A Sea of Words (Owl Books, 0-8050-5116-3), Harbors and High Seas (Owl Books, 0-8050-5948-2), and Every Man Will Do His Duty (Owl Books, 0-8050-4609-7). He is the editor of the Heart of Oak Sea Classics series.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by Open Road Media. 407 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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After navigating the bestselling Aubrey-Maturin novels' far-flung geography and obscure terminology (in Harbors and High Seas, etc.), King discovered in 1997 that the reclusive O'Brian had invented hi

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it does not seem to occur to him that his stepfather might have had petty motives here, even though Tolstoy's own father prevented him - painfully and unfairly - from seeing, or even writing to, his mother and O'Brian until he was 16 years old).

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Patrick O'Brian: A Life RevealedDean KingHodder & Stoughton £18.99, pp304Buy it at BOL.

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After navigating the bestselling Aubrey-Maturin novels' far-flung geography and obscure terminology (in Harbors and High Seas, etc.), King discovered in 1997 that the reclusive O'Brian had invented his own life story as well as his characters'--beginning with changing his name from Richard Patric...

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Researching this biography, however, led King to O'Brian's previous life -- as one Richard Patrick Russ, a British-born (not Irish, as he claimed) writer of animal stories and dour novels, and a man so emotionally constipated that in 1940 he abandoned his first wife, a toddler son, and an infant ...

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