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The Fletcher Companion

(2022)
(A book in the Fletcher series)
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A guide to the career of Sir Jacob Fletcher (1775-1875) the only hero of Nelson’s navy who never wanted to go to sea, but only to go ashore and prosper in trade.

The ships, the lovers, the outlandish characters, the battles, storms and adventures from Canada to Africa, and from the Baltic to Japan, served up with as much hilarious humour as furious action.

A guide to eight books and more coming, each verbatim from Fletcher’s memoirs, transcribed by an unfortunate clergyman whom Fletcher threatened to ‘gut and fillet’ if he did not take down every lurid word. The result is a vision of Georgian life on land and sea, plus the high tech of its day: steam, submarines and flying machines.

Read the books to see if he survives.

‘Swashbuckling adventure on the high seas doesn't get much better than this … John Drake writes beautifully, and you'll be torn between savoring the words and quickly flipping the pages. Any favorable comparison to Stevenson or Patrick O'Brian is totally justified’ - Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author

John Drake trained as a biochemist to post-doctorate research level before realising he was no good at science. His working career was in the television department of ICI until 1999 when he became a full-time writer. John's hobby is muzzle-loading shooting, and his interests are British history and British politics (as a spectator), plus newspapers, TV news, and current affairs. He is married with a son and two grandchildren.



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