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Mr. Midshipman Easy

Author: Captain Marryat

Publisher: (1836)

Easy is the son of foolish parents, who spoiled him. His father, in particular, regards himself as a philosopher, with a firm belief in the "rights of man, equality, and all that". By the time he is a teenager Easy has adopted his father's point of view, to the point where he no longer believes in private property. Easy joins the navy, which his fatherbelieves to be the best example of an equal society, and Easy becomes friendly with a lower deck seaman named Mesty (Mephistopheles Faust), an escaped slave, who had been a prince in Africa. Mesty is sympathetic to Easy's philosophizing, which seems to offer him a way up from his lowly job of "boiling kettle for de young gentlemen"; but once Mesty is promoted to ship's corporal and put in charge of dicipline, he changes his mind... How Mesty saves Easy many times from the results of his folly, how Easy reconciles his inherited philosophy with shipboard reality, and how Easy becomes a privateer are told in typically exciting Marryat style with a good deal of the Master Mariner's humour.

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Newton Forster

Author: Captain Marryat

Publisher: (1832)

Newton Forster is a troubled young man who survives impressment into the Navy, imprisonment in France, and a shipwreck in the West Indies before gaining a post on British East India Company vessel bound for Asia. Forster faces a thrill a chaptermurder, insanity, press gangs, prison, pirates, treachery, and romance.

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Nostromo

Author: Joseph Conrad

Publisher:

A novel, in which Charles Gould returns to South America determined to make a success of the inheritance left to him by his father, the San Tome mine. But his dreams are thwarted as the country is plunged into revolution.

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Passage To Mutiny

Author: Alexander Kent

Part of a series: Richard Bolitho

Publisher: Arrow (2006)

OCTOBER 1789, NEW SOUTH WALES Into Sydney, capital of Britain's infant colony, sails the frigate Tempest. She is one of His Majesty's ships employed in policing the new southern trade routes. Her captain is Richard Bolitho, who hopes to be ordered home to England. Instead he is despatched on a mission to the islands of the Great South Sea, where he must face hazards of fickle winds, pirates and savage islanders. But he is menaced by deeper fears; the men of the Bounty have mutinied in these same waters; and from distant Europe comes news of a revolution in France...

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Percival Keene

Author: Captain Marryat

Publisher: (1842)

The young hero of this book is soon seen to be the result of an unfortunate liaison between a rising star of a sea-captain, and the housekeeper's daughter at his aunt's mansion. The boy joins the navy and is given a good deal of covert help by his (actual) father. However, desperate action ensues and the young lad is missing after the engagement ...

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Peter Simple

Author: Captain Marryat

Publisher: (1834)

Peter Simple, 'the fool of the family', is son of a parson and heir presumptive to the influential Lord Privilege. He becomes a midshipman in the Royal Navy where, to the backdrop of the Napoleonic war, he moves from adolescence to maturity.

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Poor Jack

Author: Captain Marryat

Publisher: (1840)

Thomas Saunders, a sailor's son and neglected street urchin, is struggling to survive in Greenwich, London in the early 19th century. ("Poor Jack" was the title given by the waterfront boys, or mudlarks, to their chief.) In a rags-to-riches story Saunders eventually rises by his own efforts to become a pilot on the Thames, makes his fortune and retires to the life of a wealthy squire. The novel has interesting descriptions of domestic life among the naval lower ranks and contains many anecdotes of seafaring life.

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Rattlin The Reefer

Authors: Captain Marryat, Edward Howard

Publisher: (1838)

Rattlin The Reefer was published in 1838, the twelfth book to flow from Marryat's pen. It had been written by Edward Howard, but needed a good deal of polishing before it could be published, which Marryat did. There is distinctly more flowery language than was normal with Marryat, and there are many long and unusual words that are not found elsewhere in Marryat's work. There is also a great use of Latin phrases to describe the action, most of which, fortunately, are little more than dog-Latin!

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Success To The Brave

Author: Alexander Kent

Part of a series: Richard Bolitho

Publisher: Arrow Books (1984)

Spring 1802, and the Peace Treaty of Amiens, signed only a few weeks earlier, is already showing signs of collapse. Britain and France wrangle over the return of colonial possessions won and lost during their long, bloody war and in the little 64-gun Achates, Vice-Admiral Richard Bolitho sails for America and the Caribbean.

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Sword Of Honour

Author: Alexander Kent

Part of a series: Richard Bolitho

Publisher: Arrow Books (1998)

Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho returns to England from several months' rigorous patrolling off the North American coast. War with the United States has not yet ended, but news of Napoleon's defeat and abdication has stunned a navy and a nation bled by years of European conflict. Victory has been the impossible dream and now, for Bolitho, a vision of the future and a personal peace seems attainable. However an unsympathetic Admiralty dispatches him to Malta. In this appointment a compliment or a malicious ploy to keep Bolitho from the woman he loves and the freedom he craves? He cannot know, but the voice of duty speaks more insistently even than the voice of the heart, and in this familiar sea where both glory and tragedy have touched his life, Bolitho must confront the future, the renaissance of a hated tyrant, and the fulfilment of destiny.

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