Cecil Scott Forester was a British historical novelist and journalist.
Forester was born in Cairo and grew up in London. In 1915, at the age of 16, he tried to enlist to the Army but failed the physical tests. After starting a degree in medicine at Guy’s Hospital, he abandoned his studies in 1921 and began writing under the pen name C.S. Forester.
Forester is best known for his historical novels, especially the 12-part series centring around Horatio Hornblower, an officer in Nelson’s Royal Navy. The first Hornblower novel, The Happy Return, came out in 1937, followed by A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours in 1938, which earned Forester the James Tait Black Memorial Prize the same year. The final completed novel in the series was published in 1962.
Forester wrote several other bestselling adventure and crime novels, including The African Queen (1935), which was made into a film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in 1951. In 2020, Forester’s nautical Second World War novel The Good Sheperd (1955) was adapted on screen as a film titled Greyhound, starring Tom Hanks.
During the Second World War, Forester worked for the British Ministry of Information, writing propaganda to encourage the Americans to join the Allies. After the war he emigrated to California, where he lived until his death in 1966.
Originally published as The Good Shepherd, C.S. Forester’s classic Second World War naval thriller gets a new lease of life following its adaptation as a major film starring Tom Hanks. Charting the cat and mouse game between German submarines and a US convoy of ships carrying desperately needed supplies to the Allies through the icy North Atlantic, Greyhound is a powerful depiction of remorseless warfare from a master storyteller.
Horatio Hornblower Series in Order
Other Novels by C.S. Forester
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