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Captain Frederick Marryat (July 10, 1792 – August 9, 1848) was an English Royal Navy officer, novelist, and a contemporary and acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story. He is now known particularly for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy and his children's novel The Children of the New Forest, and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling. From 1832 to 1835 Marryat edited The Metropolitan Magazine. He kept producing novels, with his biggest success, Mr Midshipman Easy, coming in 1836. He lived in Brussels for a year, travelled in Canada and the United States, then moved to London in 1839, where he was in the literary circle of Charles Dickens and others. He was in North America in 1837 when the Rebellion of that year in Lower Canada broke out, and served with the British forces in suppressing it. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his invention and other achievements. In 1843 he moved to a small farm at Manor Cottage in Norfolk, where he died in 1848.
His daughter Florence Marryat later became well-known as a writer and actress. His son Francis Samuel Marryat completed his late novel The Little Savage. Marryat's novels are characteristic of their time, with the concerns of family connections and social status often overshadowing the naval action, but they are interesting as fictional renditions of the author's 25 years of real-life experience at sea. These novels, much admired by Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway, were among the first sea novels. They were models for later works by C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian that were also set in the time of Nelson and told the stories of young men rising through the ranks through successes as naval officers. His later novels were generally for the children's market, including his most famous novel for contemporary readers, The Children of the New Forest, which was published in 1847 and set in the countryside surrounding the village of Sway, Hampshire.
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By Brian Abel Ragen on 05-11-16
Plucky Kids in the English Civil War
This is a very pleasant story and a forerunner of many of the YA novels that have come since. (Some may like that the heroes and heroines are little gentleman and ladies; the same thing may drive other listeners crazy.)
The reading is very good, but there are a few faults in the production: about halfway through the book there are a number of places where lines are repeated.
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By chloe on 03-14-16
love this story
beautifully wrote book, very detailed in the ways of the forest icant help but feeling hungry when they keep disucing freshly cut venison and farm vegetables when I was listening to this in the evening I should have made a game out of every time dinner was mentioned. would be great to have them skills to fend for your self and not rely on tescos for food
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By beth on 12-11-17
Have loved this book for a very long time, set in my favourite historical time