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The official link for the C. S. Forester Society is http://csforester.eu

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C.S. Forester

C.S. Forester

C. S. Forester is one of the great writers of the twentieth-century. His novels are distinguished by the famous Hornblower stories, and by ‘African Queen’ which was made into the famous film. He wrote many further works which prove a pleasure to explore.

His life – born in Egypt, brought up in south London, a failed medical student, the archetypal struggling young writer – covered both world wars, the last strains of the glory days of British Empire, and a move to Hollywood and final residence in the United Sates.

Two features that have ensured CSF’s enduring success are his prose style – simple, disciplined and keenly expressive – and his continuing observance of ‘the man alone’ as he describes Hornblower.

The C. S. Forester Society was established in 1998 to celebrate and promote the enjoyment of Forester’s literary works. This website offers you a brief biography written by his son John Forester – a loyal and enthusiastic member; listings of his works and publication details; links to associated enthusiast and contact groups; and literary and anecdotal comments in our magazine ‘Reflections’.

Membership of the Society is free and we warmly welcome contributions to ‘Reflections’ .

Kingsley Amis : Fiction like (this) is bound to deliver, so why waste time on new stuff?

Raymond Chandler : Quite fascinating and wonderfully exact.

Winston Churchill : I find Hornblower admirable – vastly entertaining.

Ernest Hemingway : I recommend Hornblower to everyone literate I know.

“Star Trek” : Captain Kirk is Capt. Hornblower of the sailing ships. [He] was a great hero, and Hemingway said is is the most exciting adventure fiction in the human language.”

Boris Johnson : The true master of the genre.

C Day Lewis : So actual and breathlessly exciting that the reader will be feeling himself gingerly all over.

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13 responses to “Welcome

  1. Is the Hornblower series still being printed and if so, by whom? Did any publisher have a matching set of these novels?

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  2. Dear Jim

    Thank you for your enquiry to the C S Forester Society.

    Very many of C S Forester’s books remain in publication. The chief British publisher has always been Michael Joseph which now belongs to Penguin Books. You will find a list of CSFs in print by them, here: – https://www.penguin.co.uk/search/?q=c+s+forester&ps=100

    Also, the Folio Society is printing the complete Hornblower series. The first set is available below, and will be succeeded by all the others: – https://betatest.foliosociety.com/uk/the-hornblower-saga.html

    And of course, you can get second-hand copies on eBay. Also, Amazon is a good source.

    Please let me know how you get on and when I can help further

    Best regards

    Lawrie Brewer

    Editor, C S Forester Society

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  3. I’m a lifelong Hornblower fan and I’m glad to learn of the CSF Society. I have a question: did
    CSF ever write of the Indefatigable&Amazon’s fight with Les Droits de l’Homme? Hornblower recalls it briefly to memory in Ship of the Line, but I have not found an account of it in the series.
    Thank you,
    Andy Edgar

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  5. Responding to Andy regarding Droits de l’Homme… The ship is only mentioned in passing thrice in the Hornblower canon, in The Happy Return, A Ship of the Line, and The Commodore. Each time the details are minimal, but clearly Hornblower was envisioned as being part of that historical action. None of the Hornblower short stories mention the incident,nor does the novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower to which it would belong chronologically.

    Historically the action between Indefatigable, Amazon and the Droits de l’Homme took place on 13 and 14 January 1797. At that time Hornblower was commanding HM transport brig Caroline, under quarantine and sailing between Oran and Gibraltar. Exactly a month later he was peripherally involved in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. It wouldn’t have been possible for Hornblower to have been involved with the Droits de l’Homme action without shifting its date some months earlier, to give Indefatigable time to refit and sail to Gibraltar.

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  6. Heather Moore

    I have a few old paper cutting relating to CS Forester. I need to dispose of them. Happy to post them to the Society for the archive. I also have a nine Forester books mostly paperbacks. Please reply

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  7. Steve Brainerd

    Anybody read HORNBLOWER AND THE ISLAND?

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  8. Michael Burch

    A few years ago I moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon. Recently I was looking for a book by C S Forester and online and discovered that many of his books have been digitized by a digital publishing firm firm here in Lake Oswego. Does anyone know what the connection is between Forester and Lake Oswego? Many thanks for all your help. Sincerely, Mike Burch

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  9. Are any of the Hornblower series on audio books? As someone with dyslexia listening to audio is a godsend? I like to listen while I’m weaving, knitting, spinning, etc. I loved the tv series with Ioan Gruffudd but I’m sure they’re not 100% accurate. I enjoy everything about the Regency Era! From Jane Austen Rommances, to C.S. Forester and Bernard Cromwell adventures. I love Hornblower and Richard Sharpe as much as I love Mr. Darcy!!!! The able to listen to the books and not just watch the movies ad finitum would be awesome!!!

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    • Hi Vani:
      Christian Rodska has created audio versions of the Hornblower saga which seem to be the most readily available currently. Searching online for his name and “Hornblower” should find an option that suits your circumstances.

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    • Right ! You can find them in several places on the internet. Search : Forester + Hornblower + Rodska+ audiobooks.

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  10. Lake Oswego was the residence of George Forester, younger son of CSF and the principal of eNet books, which digitized many of CSF’s works. GF is now dead, and the business is carried on by his widow, Rosemary and children.

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    • Michael Burch

      Thanks very much for your help! It was surprising to move to this rather out of the way spot and discover that the great C S Forester was associated with it.

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