The Real Hornblower: The Life and Times of Admiral Sir James Gordon, GCB

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Naval Institute Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 168 pages
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The author argues convincingly that Forester's fictional Hornblower was modeled after James Gordon, a hero of Nelson's navy.

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The title and subtitle say it all; another possible real-life inspiration behind the career of CS Forester's fictional naval hero Horatio Hornblower. Read full review


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Bryan Perrett was born in 1934 and educated at Liverpool College. He served in the Royal Armoured Corps, the 17th/21st Lancers, Westminster Dragoons and the Royal Tank Regiment, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. During the Falklands and Gulf wars, he worked as defence correspondent for the Liverpool Echo. A highly successful author, Bryan is married and lives in Lancashire.

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