This novel, long out of print, is a powerful successor to Testimonies, Patrick O'Brian's first novel written for adults. It is set in that corner of France that became O'Brian's adopted home, where the long dark wall of the Pyrenees runs headlong to meet the Mediterranean. Alan Roig returns to Saint-Féliu after years in the East, and finds his family in crisis. His dour, middle-aged cousin Xavier, mayor and most powerful citizen of the town, has fallen in love and plans to marry the young daughter of the local grocer. The Roig family property is threatened by this union, and Madeleine's relatives object on different grounds.

Xavier is a tragic figure, damned by what he perceives as a lack of feeling; Madeleine is to be his salvation. Unfortunately she does not return his affection, and as the feasts and harvest festivals of Saint-Féliu are played out, she finds herself falling in love with Alain.


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March 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7862-8415-3 / 978-0-7862-8415-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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January 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4056-1407-2 / 978-1-4056-1407-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Catalans (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Patrick O\'Brian
ISBN: 1-4056-1406-4 / 978-1-4056-1406-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Catalans: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-05110-2 / 978-0-393-05110-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton
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September 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-721497-9 / 978-0-00-721497-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-733385-4 / 978-0-00-733385-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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July 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Catalans: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-393-32972-0 / 978-0-393-32972-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-00-722566-0 / 978-0-00-722566-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

April 2012 : UK MP3 CD

Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4079-3245-4 / 978-1-4079-3245-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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January 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Catalans
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Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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January 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Catalans
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January 2008 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4079-0042-0 / 978-1-4079-0042-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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January 2008 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 1-4079-0043-9 / 978-1-4079-0043-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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March 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O Brian
ISBN: 0-7927-4738-0 / 978-0-7927-4738-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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2007 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
ISBN: 0-7927-4782-8 / 978-0-7927-4782-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Catalans
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: HarperCollins
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July 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Catalans: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon