C.S. Forester was the pen name of English novelist Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (1899-1966), who wrote naval adventure novels and stories. He is best known for his Horatio Hornblower series as well as his novel The African Queen, the latter of which was adapted to film by legendary director John Huston in 1951. When Forester was living in Washington DC during World War II, he met an intelligence officer named Roald Dahl, who he encouraged to write about his experiences in the Royal Air Force.

C.S. Forester became a published author in 1924 with the novels The Paid Piper and A Pawn Among Kings. His last original published work was Hornblower and the Crisis, published in 1967. Below is a list of C.S. Forester’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Horatio Hornblower Books


The Happy Return(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ship of the Line(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flying Colours(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Commodore(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lord Hornblower(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lieutenant Hornblower(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Atropos(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Hotspur(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Crisis(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Horatio Hornblower Books


Mr. Midshipman Hornblower(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lieutenant Hornblower(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Atropos(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Hotspur(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Happy Return(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ship of the Line(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Flying Colours(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Commodore(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lord Hornblower(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hornblower and the Crisis(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Horatio Hornblower Collections


Captain Hornblower RN(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Horatio Hornblower Non-Fiction Books


The Hornblower Companion(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Paid Piper(1924) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Pawn Among Kings(1924) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Payment Deferred(1926) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Victor Emmanuel II(1927) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wonderful Week(1927) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love Lies Dreaming(1927) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shadow of the Hawk(1928) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brown on Resolution(1929) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Plain Murder(1930) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Two-and-Twenty(1931) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death to the French(1932) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gun(1933) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Peacemaker(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The African Queen(1935) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Marionettes at Home(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The General(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Earthly Paradise(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Captain from Connecticut(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ship(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sky and the Forest(1948) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Randall and the River Time(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Good Shepherd(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Barbary Pirates(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hunting the Bismarck(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Nightmare(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man in the Yellow Raft(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gold From Crete(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Children’s Books


Poo-Poo and the Dragons(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Plays


U 97(1931) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Napoleon and His Court(1924) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Josephine, Napoleon's Empress(1925) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Louis XIV: King of France and Navarre(1928) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nelson(1929) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Voyage of the Annie Marble(1929) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Annie Marble in Germany(1930) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Adventures of John Wetherell(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Naval War of 1812(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Age of Fighting Sail(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • TG Wald

    Publication order is basically useless when some one is trying to read books in story sequence

    • Brandon

      Understandable, but oftentimes the chronological order is not the correct order to read the series in. I’ll have the chronological order up for this series shortly.

  • TipOfTheSpear

    The Hornblower book The Happy Return is published in the US under the title Beat to Quarters.