Patrick O’Brian Book Talk Continues with “Desolation Island”


Dates & Time: Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1:00 PM

The Patrick O’Brian Wednesday afternoon reading groups will continue at the Tiverton Public Library. Starting January 10, 2018, they will be reading “Desolation Island”, the fifth book in the 20-book series of historic novels that began with “Master and Commander”.

Whether you are an O’Brian enthusiast or a novice you are invited to participate in the group. Each book stands alone and a perfect stranger to the tales can begin anywhere in the series.

The novels are rich in history.  The setting is the British Navy in the time of Napoleon.  The stories take us all over the world of the early 1800’s. Battles, politics intrigues  and romances are set in the language of the period.  Music, food, the natural sciences and humor are woven into the narrative.

“Desolation Island” focuses on a passage through the roaring forties as well as the wildness and desolation of the southern ocean. The sailing scenes are magnificent and will make your blood run cold.

These groups are participatory, so staying on the same page is important.  The version used is an early American edition by Norton, 325 pages, paperback or hardcover. These usually available or can be ordered at your library. You can also purchase from second-hand book shops or online.

Be sure to register early, as space is limited. Send your name and email address to Harris Gruber at If you do not have email, please call the library at 401-625-6796 and leave your name and phone number. Your questions at any time are welcome. Hope you can join us!

Free and open to the public.