Desolation Island

Patrick O'Brian

Aubrey and Maturin set sail for Australia to rescue Governor William Bligh from the settlers rebelling against his rule. The fifth installment of the Aubrey-Maturin series.

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Desolation Island

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Desolation Island book

Bound in buckram, blocked with individual designs by Neil Gower.

Set in Baskerville.

12 pages of colour and black & white plates, additional black & white tailpieces and specially commissioned maps and battle plans.

Book size: 9" × 6¼", 285 pages.

Desolation Island


‘That’s the man: the only post captain in the navy who was ever condemned to death for mutiny’

Aubrey and Maturin set sail for Australia to rescue Governor William Bligh from the settlers rebelling against his rule. Accompanying them on board H.M.S. Leopard are a group of convicts hell-bent on escape and the beginnings of a fever that will decimate the crew. Desolation Island is a turning point in the Aubrey–Maturin series. As well as featuring some of the most breathtaking battle descriptions of the whole series, it further deepens the mystery of Maturin’s character: loyal friend, sensitive naturalist and steely secret agent whose machinations may one day rebound on him.

Also available:

Master and Commander

Post Captain

HMS Surprise

The Mauritius Command

The Fortune of War

The Surgeon's Mate

The Ionian Mission

Treason's Harbour

The Far Side of the World

The Reverse of the Medal

The Letter of Marque

The Thirteen Gun Salute

The Nutmeg of Consolation

Clarissa Oakes

The Wine-Dark Sea

The Commodore

The Yellow Admiral

The Hundred Days

Blue at the Mizzen


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