From the author of the ever-popular Flashman novels, a collection of film-world reminiscences and trenchant thoughts on Cool Britannia, New Labour and other abominations.
George MacDonald Fraser has been a newspaperman, soldier, novelist (Flashman), and screenwriter. In a career spanning thirty years and encompassing films such as Octopussy and The Three Musketeers he worked with some of the Hollywood greats (Steve McQueen, Schwarzenegger, Fellini, Burt Lancaster, Charlton Heston). Here his reminiscences of those years are interspersed with an 'Angry Old Man's' view of Britain today, featuring blistering attacks on New Labour, Brussels and Cool Britannia.
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Praise for George MacDonald Fraser:
’Thanks to Fraser’s passion for history, his rare gift for rattling narrative and his infectious delight in robust, rollicking language, we can rejoice in a work of genius worthy of being ranked with – there can be no higher accolade – P.G. Wodehouse’ Daily Telegraph
‘As well as providing a fine assortment of treats, George MacDonald Fraser is a marvellous reporter and a first-rate historical novelist’ Kingsley AmisFrom the Back Cover:
In a screenwriting career spanning thirty years and encompassing Hollywood, Pinewood, Cinecitta and film sets worldwide, George MacDonald Fraser worked with some of the greatest legends of the film world including Steve McQueen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlton Heston, Cubby Broccoli, Burt Lancaster, Raquel Welch, Federico Fellini and Oliver Reed. Now he shares his recollections of those encounters, providing a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes.
He looks back also to a time before political correctness and contrasts those enlightened days with the insanities of the present. Speaking out on behalf of a generation who fought to save Britain from tyranny, he laments the damage that has been done to the nation in the last fifty years and castigates those responsible.
"As well as providing a fine assortment of treats, George MacDonald Fraser is a marvellous reporter and a first-rate historical novelist."
KINGSLEY AMIS 'Sunday Telegraph'
"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
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