The Aubrey/Maturin series is a series of nautical historical novels by English novelist Patrick O’Brian. The series follows Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and Dr. Stephen Maturin, the ship’s surgeon. The two are great friends. The series adapts true historical events as part of the story. O’Brian has a distinct style that has led to the series receiving considerable acclaim. The Russell Crowe film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World used adapted elements from several different novels in the series into the film.

The Aubrey/Maturin books began with Master and Commander in 1970. 20 more books would be published over the next 34 years, including one that was unfinished by the time of O’Brian’s death (21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey). The series has the same chronological order as its publication order. Below is a list of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Aubrey/Maturin Books

Master and Commander(1969)Description / Buy at
Post Captain(1972)Description / Buy at
H.M.S. Surprise(1973)Description / Buy at
The Mauritius Command(1977)Description / Buy at
Desolation Island(1977)Description / Buy at
The Fortune of War(1978)Description / Buy at
The Surgeon's Mate(1980)Description / Buy at
The Ionian Mission(1981)Description / Buy at
Treason's Harbour(1983)Description / Buy at
The Far Side of the World(1984)Description / Buy at
The Reverse of the Medal(1986)Description / Buy at
The Letter of Marque(1988)Description / Buy at
The Thirteen-Gun Salute(1989)Description / Buy at
The Nutmeg of Consolation(1991)Description / Buy at
The Truelove / Clarissa Oakes(1992)Description / Buy at
The Wine-Dark Sea(1993)Description / Buy at
The Commodore(1994)Description / Buy at
The Yellow Admiral(1996)Description / Buy at
The Hundred Days(1998)Description / Buy at
Blue at the Mizzen(1999)Description / Buy at
21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey(2004)Description / Buy at

Notes: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey was published as 21 in the United States. Clarissa Oakes was published as The Truelove in the USA.

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  1. Alan T: 8 years ago

    I have greatly enjoyed these books for sixteen years now, having read them all at least five (or six/) times. I recently discovered at a local library has them on CD, which is great for my daily commute to work. And to my Surprise I have found that I am catching more of the humor in the works (mainly in dialogue with Steven and Jack.)


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