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Derring-do and prizes too

Russell Crowe will be the face of Jack Aubrey, hero of the film Master and Commander. Based on the novels of Patrick O'Brian, it offers a series of naval adventures set in the Napoleonic Wars. A study guide suggests ways in which students can explore the differences between history and fiction, or investigate cinematic methods of linking character and motive to plot and action. There is also a wall chart that provides extra information. The study guide and poster are available from Film Education. Tel: 020 7851 9450; email:;

To celebrate the release of the epic, Film Education is offering a set of all 20 novels featuring Jack Aubrey and his adventures on the high seas.

All you have to do to win the O'Brian collection is put your name and the name and the address of your school on the back of a postcard and send it to: Master and Commander Competition, TES, Admiral House; 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX. You can also send entries via email to

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