George MacDonald Fraser

The creator of the much-loved Flashman series...

02/04/1925 - 02/01/2008

George MacDonald Fraser biography and information

  • George MacDonald Fraser was a Cumbrian by birth, despite his Scottish name and heritage.

  • He served in the British army in World War II, and worked thereafter as a journalist.

  • Macdonald Fraser also garnered a reputation as a screen writer of films such as Octopussy and Red Sonja.

  • He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999.

  • He was most famous for the Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in his book Tom Brown's School Days.

  • The books are presented as "packets" of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, looking back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century.

  • The series begins with Flashman, and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings, and a pervading sense of jocular bawdiness and swashbuckling adventure.

  • He passed away on 2nd January, 2008.

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