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Posted by Adam Quinan on July 23, 2018 at 11:37:37 user Adam.

In Reply to: Re: References to AR in Nevil Shute's novels posted by David Maxwell on July 23, 2018 at 10:17:08:

I have always wondered whether Patrick O'Brian's naming of an elderly midshipman as Ransome in one of his early novels "The Golden Ocean". Ransome is described as a large man with reddish brown whiskers (not a moustache as such in those days. He has a very simple wit and laughs at weak jokes. At the time Patrick O'Brian's publisher was Rupert Hart-Davis, Ransome's friend and the man who edited is autobiography. My fantasy is that two of my favourite authors met and one wrote the other in as a minor character in his book.
Ransome did have a copy of The Golden Ocean in his library at one time, apparently and I donated a copy to the TARS library a number of years ago.


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