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By Michelle
July 25, 2004 - 4:20 PM

Hello World!

Last time I wrote a column, I asked for recommendations for nautical fiction to read after I finish Patrick O'Brian's 20-volume Aubrey-Maturin series and C.S. Forester's Hornblower novels. People came through very nicely with titles, for which I am most appreciative, so I thought I'd share them.

James recommends the Alan Lewrie novels by Dewey Lambdin. "There are about ten right now, and Lambdin publishes one a year," he writes. "'If Hornblower is the thinking man's sailor, and Aubrey the gentleman's, then Alan Lewrie is the sailor for the common man.' The novels are action packed, often bawdy, and never disappoint."

John suggests Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, saying, "You won’t be sorry." These novels, published in the 1910-20s, have been popular for nearly a century and were the basis of Errol Flynn movies labeled "swashbuckling at its best."

Erin has several suggestions; in addition to seconding the vote for the Lewrie set, she favors Alexander Kent's Bolitho novels, Dudley Pope's Ramage series and her personal favorites, Julian Stockwin's Kydd books.

And Esteven puts in a vote for non-fiction, Thomas, Lord Cochrane's The Autobiography of a Seaman. In addition, an anonymous local tells me that I should read the tragic story of the original Pride of Baltimore, Pride of the Sea by Tom Waldron. Thanks everyone!

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