The Weekend Read 15 – Aubrey & Maturin by Patrick O’Brian

I have spent the best part of the last 48 hours in bed, suffering from the chest & throat virus that seems to have afflicted so many people.

I attribute the reduction in my resistance to

  • working 4 clinical days in a week for the first time in 3 years
  • several Christmas & other celebrations with a corresponding increase in alcohol intake.
  • not taking my cytoplan multivitamins & supplements regularly

With the holiday period upon us may I point you in the direction of these excellent books, you may be familiar with the film “Master and Commander – The Far Side of the World” which was adapted from a couple of them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey-Maturin_series

I first started to read the Aubrey & Maturin novels by the enigmatic Patrick O’Brian ten years ago or so and read all twenty back to back and periodically will immerse myself in these wonderful tales of the Royal Navy in and around the times of the Napoleonic wars. They are full of rich coaching material and metaphor.

I recently named Stephen Maturin, surgeon and intelligence agent, as one of my heroes alongside Bruce Springsteen – praise indeed!

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