He told the Daily Express about his six best books.
One title on the list:
Master & CommanderRead about the other books on Mayle's list.
by Patrick O’Brian
I love all 20 volumes of O’Brian’s fabulous sea saga. Indeed it’s better than the Hornblower series. It boasts great characters and is a good way to learn some history.
The Aubrey/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian made Bella Bathurst's top ten list of books on the sea.