Press Release: The Hornblower Saga (Set 1)

The Hornblower Saga (Set 1)

Mr Midshipman Hornblower; Lieutenant Hornblower; Hornblower and the Hotspur
C. S. Forester

Illustrated by Joe McLaren
Introduced by Bernard Cornwell

‘I recommend Forester to every literate I know’
ernest hemingway

Thrilling sea chases and shrewd secret missions, character-forming duels and mutinous crews, the clash of cutlass against cutlass and the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot: Cecil Scott Forester’s Hornblower Saga traces the career of his inimitable and much loved naval hero, Horatio Hornblower, during the Napoleonic Wars. These tales contain all the elements for which Forester was celebrated: masterful storytelling, finely drawn characters, authentic historical detail and a keen sense of humour. Forester’s particular talents earned him many admirers, from Patrick O’Brian and Dudley Pope, to the creators of Star Trek and Bernard Cornwell, whose introductions to these volumes explore how Forester’s storylines were influenced by historical events.

First introduced to readers as a junior Royal Navy captain, Hornblower rose in successive novels and short stories to reach the pinnacle of his profession as Admiral of the Fleet. But Forester’s insatiable readership clamoured for yet more Hornblower tales, so Forester went back to write of his hero’s humble beginnings. This new Folio series charts Hornblower’s early career, presenting the complete novels and short stories of Forester’s young hero in chronological order for the first time.

Artist Joe McLaren, working in consultation with Brian Lavery, former curator of Maritime History at the National Museum in Greenwich, has created a series of characterful illustrations that convey the drama and spirit of Hornblower’s sea exploits, as well as more intimate portraits and naval details. Each volume also includes a number of maps first published in 1964 under Forester’s guidance that chart Hornblower’s early voyages.

Product information

Three-quarter bound in cloth with printed and blocked cloth front boards. Set in Bulmer. 992 pages in total. 15 full-page black & white integrated illustrations, 5 chapter-head decorations and 13 maps across three volumes. Printed endpapers. Printed and blocked slipcase. Each volume is 9˝ x 5¾˝.

UK £100.00 US $150.00 Can $200.00 Aus $200.00


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