The Golden Ocean

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The Golden Ocean was published in 1956. It was the first of two novels aimed at younger people about the Anson expedition. It tells the story of Anson's 1740 circumnavigation and capture of the Spanish Manila galleon from the point of view of a young Irish midshipman, Peter Palafox. As with much of O'Brian's later Aubrey-Maturin series, the book is closely based on contemporary accounts but adapted by O'Brian as fiction.

For more details about the plot, which will contain spoilers, see Summary for The Golden Ocean

Fictional Non-Aubrey-Maturin Books

Caesar | Hussein | Testimonies/Three Bear Witness | The Catalans A Novel/The Frozen Flame | The Road to Samarcand | The Golden Ocean | The Unknown Shore | Richard Temple

Collected Short Stories

Beasts Royal | The Last Pool and Other Stories | The Walker and Other Stories | Lying in the Sun and Other Stories | The Chian Wine and Other Stories | The Rendezvous and Other Stories/Collected Short Stories

Non-fictional Books

A Book of Voyages | Men of War | Joseph Banks A Life | Picasso


The Coming of Age by Simone de Beauvoir | De Gaulle: The Rebel by Jean Lacouture | Papillon by Henri Charrière

See also the Aubrey-Maturin series
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