Private McAuslan demonstrates his unfitness for the service in The General Danced at Dawn, the first in a trilogy that could do for the Scots what P.G. Wodehouse did for the English.
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'McAuslan in the Rough', the second volume of George MacDonald Fraser’s stories featuring “Old Private Piltdown” (as the court-material defence called him), includes such episodes as the desert mystery of Fort Yarhuna, the Great Regimental Quiz, the search for a deserter in a native town threatened by epidemic, McAuslan in love, and his finest and funniest hour – as a caddy to that rugged Caledonian eminence, the Regimental Sergeant -Major, in a golf game whose importance, makes the Open Championship look like a seaside putting competition. As his chronicler reminds us: “McAuslan is always with us. He was probably at Cannae and Pharsalia, and hasn’t washed since. And you can bet that he’ll be there, more or less at attention, with his rusty rifle and his buttons undone, when the ranks fall in for Armageddon.”
“Twenty-five years have not dimmed Mr Fraser’s recollections of those hectic days of soldiering after the war. Merged with his sense of the ludicrous is a real affection for those with whom he found his lot was cast. One takes leave of his characters with real and grateful regret”
SIR BERNARD FERGUSSON, 'Sunday Times'
The author of the famous ‘Flashman Papers’ and the ‘Private McAuslan’ stories, George MacDonald Fraser has worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he has also written numeous films, most notably ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘The Four Musketeers’, and the James Bond film, ‘Octopussy’. George Macdonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of 82.
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Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006176550
Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First edition & printing in this. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006176550