Flashman : From the Flashman Papers 1839-1842

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If ever there was a time when I felt that 'watcher-of-the-skies-when-a-new-planet' stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman.-P.G. Wodehouse

The first novel in the Flashman series

Fraser revives Flashman, a caddish bully from Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes, and relates Flashman's adventures after he is expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. Flashy enlists in the Eleventh Light Dragoons and is promptly sent to India and Afghanistan, where despite his consistently cowardly behavior he always manages to come out on top. Flashman is an incorrigible anti-hero for the ages. This humorous adventure book will appeal to fans of historical fiction, military fiction, and British history as well as to fans of Clive Cussler, James Bond, and The Three Musketeers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 135.38 x 203.2 x 14.73mm | 217.72g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0452259614
  • 9780452259614
  • 407,255

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Praise for the Flashman series
"Hilariously funny."--The New York Times Book Review

"Great dirty fun!"--Grand Rapids Press

"The most entertaining anti-hero in a long time... Moves from one ribald and deliciously corrupt episode to the next... Wonderful and scandalous."--Publishers Weekly

"Raises dastardliness to the level of an art... One of the most amusing and sardonic novels I have ever read!"--Omaha World

"As irreverent and picaresque as Tom Jones and always more dramatic... Flashman is a one-man demolition squad!"--Chicago Today

"Marvelously entertaining... A delight!"--Providence Journal
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About George MacDonald Fraser

George MacDonald Fraser was a bestselling historical novelist, journalist and screenwriter. He is perhaps most famous for his series of Flashman novels, featuring his antihero Harry Flashman. In addition to his novels, he wrote numerous screenplays, most notably The Three Musketeers and the James Bond film Octopussy. George MacDonald Fraser died in 2008 at the age of 82.
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