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  • Published: 13 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9781405928298
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

Mr Midshipman Hornblower




1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Midshipman Horatio Hornblower receives his first command . . .

1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Midshipman Horatio Hornblower receives his first command . . .

As a seventeen-year-old with a touch of sea sickness, young Horatio Hornblower hardly cuts a dash in His Majesty's navy. Yet from the moment he is ordered to board a French merchant ship in the Bay of Biscay and take command of crew and cargo, he proves his seafaring mettle on the waves. With a character-forming duel, several chases and some strange tavern encounters, the young Hornblower is soon forged into a formidable man of the sea.

This is the first of eleven books chronicling the nautical adventures of C. S. Forester's inimitable hero, Horatio Hornblower.

  • Pub date: 13 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9781405928298
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

C. S. Forester

C. S. Forester was born in Cairo in 1899, where his father was stationed as a government official. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital and, after leaving Guy's without a degree, he turned to writing as a career.

His first success was Payment Deferred, a novel written at the age of twenty-four and later dramatized and filmed with Charles Laughton in the leading role. In 1932 Forester was offered a Hollywood contract, and from then until 1939 he spent thirteen weeks of every year in America.

On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy to collect the material for The Ship. He made a voyage to the Bering Sea to gather material for a similar book on the United States Navy, and it was during this trip that he was stricken with arteriosclerosis, a disease which left him crippled. However, he continued to write and in the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction. He died in 1966.

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Praise for Mr Midshipman Hornblower

“Absolutely compelling. One of the great masters of narrative”

San Francisco Chronicle


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