Dear All,

I am continuing with the writing of my Dictionnaire Churchill for a Paris publisher.

Dealing with his readings, I am puzzled by what he writes in The Grand Alliance (end of Chapter 23, “My meeting with Roosevelt” [Reprint Soc. ed, p. 343]):

“…Lyttleton…had given me _Captain Hornblower, R.N._, which I found very entertaining.”

But the list of Hornblower books by C.S. Forester includes no such title.

The novels published before August 1941 are listed as:
- The Happy Return (1937)
-A Ship of the Line (1938)
-Flying Colours (1938)

With three short stories:
- "Hornblower and His Majesty" (1941)
-"Hornblower and the Hand of Destiny" (1941)
-"Hornblower's Charitable Offering" (1941)

Churchill and his “syndicate” obviously did not check when sending The Grand Alliance to the publishers - I wonder what he meant by _Captain Hornblower, R.N._? Were there variants in the Hornblower titles ?

With all best wishes,

Professor Antoine CAPET, FRHistS
Head of British Studies
University of Rouen
76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan

'Britain since 1914' Section Editor
Royal Historical Society Bibliography

Reviews Editor of CERCLES

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