George MacDonald FraserGeorge MacDonald Fraser
, born 1926
in Carlisle, England
, is a writer of Scottish
descent. He writes both historical novels and non-fiction
He worked as a journalist and served in the British army in World War II. He also wrote several screenplays. He received an O.B.E in 1999.
He is most famous for the Flashman series. This is a series of historical novels purportedly written by the fictional character, Harry Flashman, himself (who was originally created by Thomas Hughes in his book Tom Brown's School Days). The books are presented as "packets" of memoirs written by the nonegarian Flashman, looking back on his days as a hero of the British army. For the books published in this series, see Flashman.
His other books include:
- Quarted Safe Out Here, a memoir of the author's experiences as an infantryman in the Border Regiment in India and Burma during World War II
- The Steel Bonnets, a history of the Border Reavers of the Anglo-Scottish Border.
- The Hollywood History of the World: From One Million Years B.C. to Apocalypse Now, an overview and critique of several more or less historical films made by American and British companies
- The Pyrates
- Black Ajax
- Candlemass Road
- Light's on at Signpost (2002), a memoir of the author's days writing in Hollywood
He wrote the screenplays for:
- "The Three Musketeers"
- "The Four Musketeers"