Berthtime Reading; One of the Ultimate Luxuries on a Cruise Ship Is One of the Simplest - the Time to Sit Back with a Great Book. JOAN ANDERSON Has Six Nautical Novels for Your Trip

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Berthtime Reading; One of the Ultimate Luxuries on a Cruise Ship Is One of the Simplest - the Time to Sit Back with a Great Book. JOAN ANDERSON Has Six Nautical Novels for Your Trip


Byline: JOAN ANDERSON

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

Set sail for the read of your life! Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin tales are frequently described as the greatest historical novels ever written. In Master and Commander, we meet Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship''s surgeon and an intelligence agent.The book contains all the action and excitement of a historical novel combined with O'Brian's evocative depiction of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, of weaponry, food, conversation and ambience, and of the landscape and life on the high seas. If you just can't get enough, no worries: there are 17 novels that follow this one. Pack all 18 if your cruise is a long one!

[pounds sterling]7.99 from www.mailbookshop.co.uk or call 0845 155 0720

Sad Wind from the Sea by Jack Higgins

The literary debut of master storyteller Jack Higgins has just been republished in a special 50-year anniversary edition.This atmospheric nautical thriller starts off in Macao, China, in 1953. Gun runner (and occasional smuggler) Mark Hagen hears a scream through the early-morning fog. He finds a girl; young, beautiful, trouble. But as Mark himself said,"I love trouble, angel. It makes life so much more interesting." Before long he is hauled into a chaotic chase involving The Red Chinese, and a lot of gold. Sad Wind from the Sea shows why Jack Higgins would carry on to become one of the world's most successful writers.

[pounds sterling]7.99 from www.mailbookshop.co.uk or call 0845 155 0720

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

If you haven't yet read Annie Proulx's international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this is the time to move it to the top of your list. Meet Quoyle, a hapless, hopeless hack journalist living in New York. When his nogood wife dies in a road accident, Quoyle heads for the land of his forefathers: the remotest corner of far-flung Newfoundland. With 'the aunt' and his delinquent daughters in tow, Quoyle finds himself part of an unfolding, exhilarating Atlantic drama. Don't miss this irresistible comedy of human life and possibility.

[pounds sterling]7.99 from www.mailbookshop.co.uk or call 0845 155 0720

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

A strong contender for the title 'Most famous nautical novel of all time', Treasure Island has enthralled generations since its first publication in 1883. It is a tale of pirates and villains, maps, treasure and shipwreck. When young Jim Hawkins finds a packet in Captain Flint''s sea chest, he could not know that the map inside it would lead him to unimaginable treasure.

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