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Admiral Collingwood: Nelson's Own Hero
12 Mar 2015 * HARDBACK * £25.00 * 9781784081942

An intimate portrait of a forgotten commander of Britain's maritime golden age, which brings to authentic life the world of Jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower.

Non Fiction / BGH (Biography)
Extent: 368 pages
Format: 234 x 153 mm
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Admiral Collingwood: Nelson's Own HeroMax Adams

Admiral Lord Collingwood, the eldest son of a Newcastle merchant, went to sea in 1761 at the age of thirteen. In his nearly fifty years in the Navy he rose to become a fine seaman, a master of gunnery, a battle commander the equal of his friend – and rival in love – Nelson. He was also an accomplished writer and wit, a doting father, inveterate gossip and consummate diplomat and strategist.

Collingwood's service took him to Boston, where he lived and fought during the American War of Independence; to Antigua, where he and Nelson both fell in love with Mary Moutray; to Corsica; Sicily; and Menorca, where he began as a young midshipman and ended his career as the effective viceroy of the Mediterranean.

ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD is an intimate portrait of a forgotten British naval hero and a thrilling portrait of the glory years of the age of sail.

Max Adams is the author of The Wisdom of Trees, The Little Book of Planting Trees and the bestselling The King in the North. A teacher of woodland tree histories, he manages an area of woodland in County Durham, where he has lived and worked in the North-East of England since 1993. www.theambulist.co.uk

'A compelling narrative', Literary Review

'A lucid, compact style which is a pleasure to read ... Particularly effective in portraying the orchestrated chaos below deck in battle', Spectator

'An intimate portrait of a forgotten British naval hero', Military History Monthly

'Brings to life the age of sail, and battles such as Cape St Vincent and Trafalgar, and is testament to the hardship endured by this band of brothers', Good Book Guide

'A superbly interesting book ... A marvellous read all through, very well written about a fascinating character from our British history', Nudge Book

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