The Lubber’s Hole - A Patrick O’Brian Podcast
Episode 45 - Treasons Harbour (Part 2)

Episode 45 - Treasons Harbour (Part 2)

February 21, 2021

More ups and downs (physical and metaphorical) for Jack and the crew of the Surprise. While health can come and go, plainchant is eternal. But wait - who's that counting his barrels in the cloister? Ch 1-2.

Episode 44 - Treasons Harbour (Part 1); Brian Wilson

Episode 44 - Treasons Harbour (Part 1); Brian Wilson

February 14, 2021

We make a start on Treason's Harbour, with a Chelengk and a dog and advancement for Pullings, but we soon encounter some tricky questions: did Stephen REALLY dislike Rousseau? And why? And what's that got to do with Frankenstein? Our special guest Brian Wilson helps us out.  Ch 1. 

Episode 43 - The Ionian Mission (Final Part)

Episode 43 - The Ionian Mission (Final Part)

February 7, 2021

We're onto the final leg of the Ionian journey - the true colours of Jack's Turkish allies are finally revealed, which is a setback for Prof Graham. In action off Corfu, the Surprise has a chance of pulling off 'Nelson's Bridge'.  Ch 11.

Episode 42 - The Ionian Mission (Part 10)

Episode 42 - The Ionian Mission (Part 10)

January 31, 2021

Building towards the culmination of our Ionian story - we learn to admire Turkish manners, and meet an actual pope, not to mention a passing encounter with Cleopatra.  Jack reflects on hypocrisy and parenthood. Ch 10.

Episode 41 - The Ionian Mission (Part 9)

Episode 41 - The Ionian Mission (Part 9)

January 24, 2021
The actual Ionian Mission is underway!  There are political opportunists looking for guns and power - which one to trust? And can Harte even spell Beylik?  Stephen takes a swim, and Babbington takes the heat for his charity towards Lesbians. Ch 9.
Episode 40 - The Ionian Mission (Part 8)

Episode 40 - The Ionian Mission (Part 8)

January 17, 2021

Jack is back before Admiral Thornton; Stephen has everyone terrified of being castrated by mumps; and the grand oratorio rehearsal survives a big storm.  There's a return for the dear Surprise, with news - the French are out! But not before we've talked about Thomas Cochrane. Ch 8.

Episode 39 - The Ionian Mission (Part 7)

Episode 39 - The Ionian Mission (Part 7)

January 10, 2021

This week there’s a showdown with Harte, Jack gets re-acquainted with an old friend, and Stephen makes an unwelcome entrance. Plus, there’s espionage ashore, resulting in a surprising encounter in a moonlit French marsh. Ch 7.

Episode 38 -The Ionian Mission (Part 6)

Episode 38 -The Ionian Mission (Part 6)

January 3, 2021

We muse on what is and is not poetical, and Stephen misses a rhinoceros and thousands of flamingos. Jack’s cold continues to dog him, and we have the possibility of some unexpected action, usually the perfect thing to set up our hero, Jack Aubrey. Ch 6,7

Episode 37 - The Ionian Mission (Part 5); David Curtin

Episode 37 - The Ionian Mission (Part 5); David Curtin

December 27, 2020

As Jack, alone aboard the Worcester, explores the mysteries of 'Old Bach', we explore them for ourselves, with the help of our guest, music professor David Curtin.  We also uncover old cold remedies, and a new horse metaphor.  Ch 6.

Episode 36 -The Ionian Mission (Part 4)

Episode 36 -The Ionian Mission (Part 4)

December 20, 2020

We continue with the Ionian Mission; Jack and Stephen encounter trouble with quails - or are they tribbles? Or partridges in pear trees? Meanwhile Lt Somers loses his cool. Ch 4-6.

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