Title: Post Captain
Published: Harper Collins, 2002
Purchased: Borders, Cambridge, 2004-04-03, £7.99
The second (of twenty) Aubrey/Maturin novels. I can understand what people having been raving about for years - these novels have a depth of detail, and a solid believability, that engage and fascinate. In this one, I'm getting to like Jack Aubrey a bit more - he's not quite the Coriolanus that he threatened to be in the first. And Stephen Maturin also gains depth - how many ship's doctors turn out to have a castle (allbeit little more than a tumbledown house) in Spain?
The image of Aubrey disguised as a performing bear is rather amusing, too.
After the first, I bought the next three in one go. I can see me buying the other 16 fairly swiftly. All praise to HarperCollins for bringing the whole series out, in consistent jackets. So it was timed to the film, and it's a shame they weren't out before O'Brian died, but they're out.