By Patrick O’Brian
Published by Colins 1970
This is the first book in the undisputed historical sailing book series of them all. It will take you a while to come to terms with Patrick O’Brian’s use of old English vernacular, but once you have you’ll be hooked. The Adventure of Jack Aubrey and his friend Dr Maturin, his ship’s surgeon, will keep you enthralled right throughout the entire 22 book series.