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The Patrick O'Brian Frequently Asked Questions ListLast updated May 2004.
1. Will Norton publish the unfinished twenty-first book?
The answer is finally yes! W. W. Norton will publish 21: The Unfinished Twenty-First Novel in the Aubrey/Maturin Series in October 2004.
2. Can I purchase the Aubrey/Maturin series as a set?
The series is currently available in a uniform edition set of 20 hardcover volumes (ISBN 0-393-04840-3); ask your local bookstore to special order this, or click on this link to order online.
3. What's all this about a Patrick O'Brian movie?
4. How do I subscribe to the Patrick O'Brian Newsletter?
The print newsletter has not been published since 1996. Back issues of the newsletter are available here on Norton's web site.5. Where do I write with questions about Patrick O'Brian?
If you have a question or comment send it to:6. How do I subscribe to the Patrick O'Brian mailing list on the Internet?
The Patrick O'Brian mailing list (a.k.a. the Gunroom) has changed ownership and is no longer maintained by Norton. See the Gunroom's new web site, HMS Surprise.org, for instructions on how to subscribe, as well as more Patrick O'Brian information and links.7. How do I order Patrick O'Brian books?
Please refer to our Ordering page.8. Where can I get prints of Geoff Hunt's cover artwork?
Geoff Hunt's Patrick O'Brian cover prints are now available through the Mystic Seaport Museum Maritime Art Shop.9. I don't understand all of the nautical terms used. What reference books can you recommend for background reading?
The following is a list of books that people have found helpful for background reading on the age of Aubrey and Maturin:
10. When will the Patrick O'Brian companion volume be available?
Publication of the official companion volume was originally scheduled for fall 2000. Sadly, the author passed away before the project was completed. A new author has been found and we expect publication in the future but a specific publication date has not been scheduled. The book will be quite extensive, containing many definitions, illustrations, maps, descriptions, historical entries, recipes, and more. Beware of imitations!
11. What are the books in series order?
12. I purchased Blue at the Mizzen in hardcover, but it doesn't match my uniform hardcover set. Can I get a uniform series jacket for this book?
We do have uniform series jackets available for all of the Aubrey/Maturin hardcovers, including Blue at the Mizzen. Call our warehouse (800-233-4830; ask for customer service) and ask to be sent the new jacket if you'd like to replace the original one.
13. What is Clarissa Oakes? Is that another Aubrey/Maturin novel?
Clarissa Oakes was the British title of The Truelove. Except for the title, the British and American editions are identical.
14. How do I get copies of Patrick O'Brian's other books that are not part of the Aubrey/Maturin series?
The Last Pool, The Walker, Lying in the Sun, and The Chian Wine were the titles of short story collections now out of print; we have condensed Mr. O'Brian's short story work into our own collection, The Rendezvous and Other Short Stories.
15. How do you pronounce "Maturin"?
The accent is on the first syllable, with the "a" pronounced like the "a" in "apple."
16. Will there be any more Patrick O'Brian calendars?
We have no plans to publish any more editions of the Patrick O'Brian Calendar.
17. Where can I get information about those recordings of music from the Aubrey/Maturin books?
Ess.A.Y. Recordings has put out three CDs of music mentioned in the Aubrey/Maturin books: Musical Evenings with the Captain (liner notes by Patrick O'Brian), Musical Evenings with the Captain, Volume 2, and Roast Beef of Old England. You can order through their toll free number (800-97-ESSAY) or via the Ess.A.Y. Recordings Web site.18. What's a polychrest?
See the "What's a Polychrest" page!
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