This is a new one-volume edition of this classic sequence of sea novels set in the early nineteenth century, about a voyage from England to Australia. "Rites of Passage" (Winner of the Booker Prize): "The work of a master at the full stretch of his age and wisdom". ("The Times"). "Close Quarters": "A feat of imaginative reconstruction, as vivid as a dream". ("Daily Mail"). "Fire Down Below": "Laden to the waterline with a rich cargo of practicalities and poetry, pain and hilarity, drama and exaltation". ("Sunday Times").