Dec 1, 2013 — Napoleonic Wars? The Royal Navy? Yawn. Novelist Nicola Griffith had low expectations when she started reading Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander. But soon she was tearing through the 20-volume series, reveling in the deeply rendered friendship between the characters Jack and Stephen. It's a masterpiece, she says: "Jane Austen on a ship of war."
Aug 22, 2011 — Two hundred years ago this summer, England entered its Regency period. Many associate the era with Colin Firth's turn as Mr. Darcy, but it was also a time of political uncertainty. To celebrate the period's 200th anniversary, author Stephanie Barron suggests three books that put Mr. Firth to shame.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, And Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 7, 2010 — When writer Abraham Verghese was 10 years old, he went off to sea in a British frigate to battle Napoleon's navy. Verghese made this perilous journey thanks to C.S. Forester's unforgettable series about the adventures of Captain Horatio Hornblower, books he still loves, years later.
Sep 18, 2007 — Author David Cordingly discusses his book, Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. Lord Cochrane was a British naval hero and a controversial figure during the Napoleonic era.
Mar 20, 2006 — Edward Cotham, editor of The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine, talks about the book. It's the diary of a Union navyman who was captured by Confederate soldiers. The diary captivated readers when a Texas newspaper published it in serial form.