A very sad day indeed... I've just started the 21st Novel in the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. As fellow devotees will no doubt be aware, this final novel was never finished, as very sadly the great man died whilst the book was in it's early stages. Having read the whole series more or less 'back to back' (my work often involves a lot of heel kicking) I've become totally immersed in the world that this exact and prolific author has created. Thus It will be with real sadness that I'll put down the final chapter - covering in part Jack Aubrey's ascension to the coveted right to fly the 'Blue at the mizzen' - and take my leave of one of the most succesful partnerships in English literature -that of Dr Stephen Maturin FRS, Rear Admiral Sir John Aubrey,RN and Patrick O'Brian. P.S Years ago, at a fairly smart lunch party, I sat next to a charming lady of advancing years who had been a friend of Patrick O'Brian. In response to my question 'What was he like..?' She simply replied: ' well, you've read his 'autobiography'...He is Maturin'