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THE PATRICK O’BRIAN SOCIETY of Bath
Founded by Ruth Mannion-Daniels in 2010, the Patrick O’Brian Society of Bath is a reading group for devotees of the novels of Patrick O’Brian, who is counted in many literary circles as the outstanding historical novelist of the Twentieth century.
The twenty novels in the Aubrey/Maturin series, plus one unfinished, chronicle the friendship of Captain Jack Aubrey and Doctor Steven Maturin in their lives and exploits in the British navy during the Napoleonic wars.
Each novel is complete in itself, but the series together amount to a wonderfully powerful evocation of life both at sea and on land, combining humour and human nature with high adventure and contemporary history, recounted with a formidable culture and erudition, which for descriptive power can match anything in fiction of sea-life in Nelson’s time.
As the Programme will show, while the Patrick O’ Brian novels form the mainstay of the Society’s interests, they also include other important facets of cultural, commercial and humanitarian developments surrounding British naval endeavours in what has become known as the Age of Enlightenment.
Forthcoming Programme 2018
Monday 26th November 2018 -- 7.30pm
SEA LIFE IN NELSON'S TIME
The life of the ordinary seaman in the British Navy in the late 18th century fascinated and appalled Masefield, who described it as 'brutalising, cruel and horrible', but it fired his imagination and his prose and this vividly realistic study, the first of its kind, remains the most comprehensive introduction to the subject.
DECEMBER NO MEETING
Forthcoming Programme -- 2019
Monday 28th January 2019 7.30pm
THE REVERSE OF THE MEDAL
Those who are already devoted readers of Patrick O'Brian will find here all the brilliance of characterisation and sparkle of dialogue which they have come to expect. For those who read him for the first time there will be the pleasure of discovering, quite unexpectedly, a novelist of unique character.
Monday 25th February 2019 -- 7.30pm
Robert Louis Stephenson
One of the best-loved adventure stories ever written, Treasure Island's timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps, mutiny and derring-do has appealed to generations of readers ever since Robert Louis Stevenson penned it in 1881 with the claim: "If this don't fetch the kids, why, they have gone rotten since my day."