C. S. Forester was born in Cairo in 1899. After studying medicine, he rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. On the outbreak of World War II he worked for the British Ministry of Information in America writing propaganda. His most notable works were the twelve Horatio Hornblower books, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen. His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. He died in 1966.
"A high and glittering excitment...[Forester] has no master and few peers." -The New York Times
"Nothing more exciting has been launched since Hemingway's
The Old Man and the Sea." -The Guardian
"C. S. Forester is the best living writer about the sea." -Time "Action, tension, tingling suspense...The greatest adventure story to come out of World War II." -Life Magazine