Description - Patrick O'Brian by Nikolai Tolstoy
To many, Patrick O'Brian was the greatest British novelist of the 20th century. The twenty volumes of the series set in the Royal Navy at the beginning of the Nineteenth Century and featuring Aubrey and Maturin have been hailed as 'the best historical novels ever written' by the New York Times. ikolai Tolstoy was O'Brian's stepson and his acquaintenceship with him lasted 45 years during most of O'Brian's marriage to Mary Tolstoy, Nikolai's mother. olstoy stayed with the couple regularly at their French home and was a frequent correspondent with the reclusive and secretive author, discovering facets of his character and creative genius that he showed to no one else. He has unique access to letters, notebooks and photographs, which will appear in this book. This volume tells the story of O'Brian's life up to his decision to move to Collioure in the South of France. His oppressed childhood, his precocious writing success, his first visit to Ireland, his sailing experiences as a young man, and the truth behind his first marriage, divorce and name change are all dealt with. This is the first part of the definitive biography of one of our literary geniuses.
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Author Biography - Nikolai Tolstoy
Nikolai Tolstoy is a highly recognised historian and biographer. His works include The Quest for Merlin, The Minister and the Massacres, The Night of the Long Knives, Victims of Yalta, and Stalin's Secret War.