George MacDonald Fraser
The creator of the much-loved Flashman series...
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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