The Complete Short Stories is the most comprehensive collection of O'Brian's short fiction ever published. An essential volume, certain to enchant O'Brian admirers as well as readers who are fortunate enough to be journeying with him for the very first time.
Patrick O'Brian is acclaimed as one of the greatest historical novelists of the twentieth century, celebrated throughout the world for his masterful roman fleuve, the Aubrey-Maturin series. But he was also a prolific writer of short stories, and it is in this form that he first made his mark.
Encompassing stories written in his unvarnished youth to tales told by a seasoned traveller, this is the most comprehensive collection of O'Brian's short fiction ever published. It is a treasure chest, overflowing with riches, containing more than sixty tales, including rarities, uncollected works, and forgotten jewels that have been out of print for decades.
These are stories of friendship, travel, adventure and the wonders of the natural world. Some are enchantingly funny, others exciting, terrifying, passionate. All of them prove Patrick O'Brian to be a true master of the form.