The up-Café thread on chronological problems in movies and TV shows reminds me of a question I’ve been meaning to ask awhile.
Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series makes some rather remarkable jumps, only to get stuck for an inordinate amount of time in the “long year” 1813. I’m wondering if anybody who’s read O’Brian’s biography or what have you can shed some light on O’Brian’s reasons for this. I believe three novels are set between 1800-1804 (Master and Commander, Post-Captain, and HMS Surprise). Then, for no good reason that I can fathom, O’Brian jumps to The Mauritius Command in 1810.
What was the reason for this? There was after all enough going on in 1805-09 that O’Brian could have covered.