These thrilling tales of high-seas adventure in the Napoleonic era, which Winston Churchill found "vastly entertaining" and Ernest Hemingway recommended to "every literate I know", are being eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers. Back Bay takes pleasure in reissuing these classic tales in handsome new trade paperback editions.
The Hornblower renaissance is in full sail with a nearly tenfold increase in sales: more than I5O, OOO Hornblower books sold in the first six months of 1999.
The A&E television network's series of original movies based on Hornblower's adventures have been tremendously successful praised by critics, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of viewers, and winner of the Emmy Award for best miniseries.
Two new movies will be premiering in the spring on A&E.
Readers and booksellers who admire Patrick O'Brian's novels delight in discovering this "new" series of nautical adventure stories.