The Unknown Shore

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HarperCollins Publishers, Jun 28, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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From the inimitable brilliance of O’Brian comes the tale of an ill-fated ship on Anson’s expedition around the world and the ensuing adventures of her survivors...

After being parted from her squadron in the fearful storms off Cape Horn, the Wager struggles on alone up the ironbound coast of Chile, before she is driven onto rocks and sinks. The survivors include Jack Byron, a midshipman, and his eccentric protégé Toby, an alarmingly naive surgeon’s mate, whose vagaries afford endless diversion on the hard and dramatic journey to come.

Faced with a surplus of rum, a disappearing stock of food, and a hard, detested captain, the survivors soon descend into trouble of every kind, including drunkenness, mutiny and bloodshed.

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User Review  - sonofcarc - LibraryThing

Indispensable to Aubrey/Maturin fans as the first draft of the characters. The problem with the book is that it adheres strictly to the historical facts of the wreck of the Wager, which were so unremittingly miserable as to wear out long before the end any pleasure in reading about them. Read full review

THE UNKNOWN SHORE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Mining the same material that he used for his first sea-tale (The Golden Ocean, 1956), O'Brian returned three years later to Commodore Anson's 1740 globe-circling voyage in The Unknown Shore ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Patrick O’Brian, until his death in 2000, was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey–Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He is the author of many other books including Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories. 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 received an honorary doctorate of letters from Trinity College, Dublin. He lived for many years in South West France and he died in Dublin in January 2000.

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