Master and Commander is the first of O’Brian’s famous Aubrey/Maturin 20-novel series. This book, published in 1962, establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent.Read about the other novels on the list.
O’Brian is widely applauded for his detailed and historically accurate portrayal of life aboard an early 19th century man-of-war, including weapons, food, conversation and ambience.
The Aubrey/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian also appears on Bella Bathurst's top ten list of books on the sea. Master & Commander is one of Peter Mayle's six best books. Dr Stephen Maturin is on John Mullan's list of ten of the best good doctors in literature.