Maria and the Admiral by Rachel Billington by IsisAudio published on 2013-03-22T10:07:40Z Read by Nicolette McKenzie. Published April 2013. Valparaiso, June 1822. Thomas Cochrane has led the Chilean fleet to victory, and as the news spreads of the country's independence from Spain, a British woman, Maria Graham, watches from her house near Valparaiso Bay. Maria’s first thought as she contemplates her compatriot's arrival is that her loneliness has come to an end. Admired by Napoleon, Cochrane had long been at odds with the Admiralty, who failed to subdue his outspoken independence. In Maria Graham he meets a woman whose intelligence and spirit of adventure match his own.