Beasts Royal: Twelve Tales of Adventure

Hardcover | November 24, 2015

byPatrick O'brian

not yet rated|write a review
Beasts Royal is the second book written by Patrick O'Brian - made available, at last, for the first time since the 1930s and elegantly repackaged.On the indigo waters of the South Sea, the crew of a schooner are attacked by a man-eating tiger-shark. In the humid depths of the African jungle, a thirty-foot python plots to rid himself of his rival, a wily old crocodile. Amid the heat and dust of the Punjab, the snake-charmer Hussein escapes into the forest on the elephant that he trained when a mahout in his youth.With the dry wit and unsentimental precision O'Brian would come to be loved for, we see the drama and tragedies of the natural world unfold for these, as well as other birds and beasts, in these twelve tales of animal adventure that would appear together in 1934 as the author's second book.O'Brian's debut, Caesar, had been published in 1930 and became an instant success, seeing him hailed as the 'boy-Thoreau'. His second novel, Hussein, would expand upon one of the stories included in this collection and has been praised by Martin Booth of The Daily Telegraph as being '.as fresh today as when it was written..so rich in detail, it is breathtaking.' As with Caesar and Hussein, Beasts Royal sheds fascinating light on the formation of the literary genius behind the Aubrey-Maturin series of historical adventure tales, for which he is deservedly famous.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$28.73 online
$28.99 list price
Ships within 1-2 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25
Prices may vary. why?
Please call ahead to confirm inventory.

From the Publisher

Beasts Royal is the second book written by Patrick O'Brian - made available, at last, for the first time since the 1930s and elegantly repackaged.On the indigo waters of the South Sea, the crew of a schooner are attacked by a man-eating tiger-shark. In the humid depths of the African jungle, a thirty-foot python plots to rid himself of...

Patrick O'Brian, until his death in 2000, was one of our greatest contemporary novelists. He is the author of the acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales and the biographer of Joseph Banks and Picasso. He is the author of many other books including Testimonies, and his Collected Short Stories. In 1995 he was the first recipient of the Heywood H...

other books by Patrick O'brian

The Complete Aubrey/maturin Novels
The Complete Aubrey/maturin Novels

Hardcover|Dec 27 2016

$176.42 online$250.00list price(save 29%)
Master And Commander
Master And Commander

Paperback|Aug 1 1990

$18.14 online$19.50list price(save 6%)
Thirteen Gun Salute #13
Thirteen Gun Salute #13

Paperback|Jun 12 1997

$19.92 online$19.95list price
see all books by Patrick O'brian
Format:HardcoverDimensions:120 pagesPublished:November 24, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0008112940

ISBN - 13:9780008112943

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Beasts Royal: Twelve Tales of Adventure

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

'Both books are full of the fantasy that has made O'Brian's seafaring yarns such a success. Like them, they are full of engaging adventures, curious lore, fond descriptions of food and scenes of battle. Caesar makes delightful, often hilarious reading. Hussein is more sophisticated. Here fully thirty years before Master and Commander was published is the unmistakable texture of O'Brian's historical fiction. Hussein has it all: the immersion in another world, full of local colour, the delight in a specialised vocabulary, the relish of male camaraderie, travel, treasure and fighting.'David Sexton, Evening Standard'O'Brian admirers can now appreciate another dimension to his writing' Alex O'Connell, The Times