Origins of “The Happy Return”

Paul Martinovich from Canada shares with us some exemplary research into the origins of the first story to be written in the Hornblower sequence ‘The Happy Return’. You will find a strong case for a hitherto undisclosed source for the idea and indeed title – along with further insight into CSF’s rather secretive character and the odd minor slip-up!

If our Book of the Year is ‘African Queen’ for 2017 – about which, more will be promised as we progress our planned get-together in London and Greenwich in September – most of us first came to Forester through Hornblower. Paul previously outlined his theme in the Historic Naval Fiction Forum, and many thanks indeed to him for this erudite and gripping article.


Download “The Origins of a Classic Novel: The Happy Return” as PDF !

Download "The Origins of a Classic Novel: The Happy Return" as PDF !