George MacDonald Fraser was born in Carlisle in 1925. He fought in Burma during World War II and took up a career in journalism on his return, spending many years with the Glasgow Herald. The success of the Flashman novels enabled him to devote his time to fiction. He died in 2008.
Michael Dirda is a book critic on the Washington Post.
Flashman and the Great Game takes our man into the world of Kim, as he spies for the British, dallies with a luscious maharani and - despite spectacular acts of spinelessness - not only survives the bloodbath of the Indian Mutiny but emerges with a Victoria Cross and a knighthood.Impossible to put down and some of the greatest comic writing of the last 100 years.Buy now