Continuing our reading of the Surgeon's Mate, we finally have Jack and Stephen aboard a ship, HMS Ariel, with a new shipmate, Jagiello. There are unfamiliar waterways and curious gifts from the locals - honey buzzards, anyone? Ch 6-7
Jack has his world rocked by a letter from abroad, Stephen and Diana head for a romantic walk by a river, and O'Brian treats us all to classical allusions and French atmosphere. We're joined by our guest Adam Franti to talk about the War of 1812. Ch 5
Our heroes are afloat again, but being chased by an unusually persistent foe - we wonder why, and wonder what will be the turning point to propel the rest of the story of The Surgeon's Mate. We chat to our guest, author Eva Sandor, about POB's writing style and about her new novel Fool's Proof. Ch 3.
We start the next book in the canon with Stephen, Diana and Jack all ashore in Halifax, ready to celebrate. Jack faces a sailor's temptation, while Stephen and Diana face up to each other. Where will it all lead? Will Jack still be able to call himself an officer and a gentleman? Ch 1-2.
We enjoy the final decisive chapter of Fortune of War, with Jack, Steven and Diana back among the Royal Navy and action against the USS Chesapeake about to ensue. How will the British fare this time? And to look forward to The Surgeon's Mate, we're joined by our old friend, dance educator and re-enactor Karen Millyard. Ch 9.
We’re reaching the climax of Fortune of War, and now Patrick O’Brian meets Robert Ludlum as Stephen runs, jumps, climbs, hijacks and fights his way around Boston. Finally, Mike and Ian gamble on a (tiny) innovation - perish the thought. Ch 6-8.
We're back into the story of the 1812 war, ashore in Boston with Stephen, Jack and Diana as they all seem to be reaching a turning point. Amidst all the reconnaissances and alliances, can they rely on each other? Ch 5-6
We heave-to part way through the reading of Fortune of War, to spend time with our special guest Gordon Laco, production consultant on the movie Master and Commander - Far Side of the World. We talk about realism in historical movies and and delve into some of his personal connection with all things naval.
Jack's journey round the world continues, even though he's not in command of the ship. Life in a lifeboat, and then in a lunatic asylum, leave him depending on Stephen, just like always. Finally, there's the funniest thing since Babbington's farting horse. Ch 3-4.