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Summary

Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.

Celebrated Victorian bounder, cad,and lecher, Sir Harry Flashman, VC, returns to play his (reluctant) part in the charge of the Light Brigade in this installment of the critically acclaimed Flashman Papers.

As the British cavalry prepared to launch themselves against the Russian guns at Balaclava, Harry Flashman was petrified.

But the Crimea was only the beginning: beyond lay the snowbound wastes of the great Russian slave empire, torture and death, headlong escapes from relentless enemies, savage tribal hordes to the right of him, passionate females to the left of him....

Then, finally, that unknown but desperate war on the roof of the world, when India was the prize, and there was nothing to stop the armed might of Imperial Russia but the wavering sabre and terrified ingenuity of old Flashman himself.

©2015 George MacDonald (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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." (PG Wodehouse)
"The Flashman Papers do what all great sagas do - winning new admirers along the way but never, ever betraying old ones. It is an immense achievement." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Not so much a march as a full-blooded charge, fortified by the usual lashings of salty sex, meticulously choreographed battle scenes and hilariously spineless acts of self preservation by Flashman." ( Sunday Times)
"Not only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them." ( Washington Post)
"A first-rate historical novelist." (Kingsley Amis)

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Typically Flashman

Good tale. Colin Mace not quite Tim West but good nevertheless, save for his Scottish accent which drives me nuts! Highly enjoyable nevertheless.

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Has it all...

probably my favourite Flashman novel, at least tying for first place with the Great Game.

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Fourth Flashman papers (in publication order)

Another great tale in the Flashman papers. Detailing a lesser know battle and lesser know Middle Eastern statesmen. Read brilliantly by Colin Mace. Another great entry into everybody’s favourite cad biography

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Still cuts it. Comic masterpiece

Loved every aspect of this Sparkling dialogue, great plot and very interesting elements of real history. Quite wonderful.

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There is nothing to compare to a Flashman Book

Another great romp through history with the great blaggard Flashman. Always in the wrong place at the right time (according to Sir Flashy) to gain ever greater reputation and rewards. The ultimate coward of his time. Brilliant.

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A humorous take on history

Not for the faint hearted but a good yarn, although I found it trailed off in the last act.

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Rip roaring fun

OK so it ain’t PC and modern sensibilities might wince at the dreaded n word but it’s damned good fun, tongue in cheek with the usual cynicism about jingoistic nonsense and the waste of life that is war. Entertaining and as always you learn something of history you would never otherwise.
Top notch narration too.

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such fun

revisiting the Flashman papers after many years. still tummy hurtingly funny yet informative I would suggest that any student of history should read them, just in case.

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Wonderful, just wonderful. Masterful reading.

I literally cannot fault it. Brilliant reading by Colin Mace. Fantastic story which kept me absorbed from the first word.

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Fantastic

A wonderful story read beautifully. I enjoyed every moment. I have re learned a lot of history and I think Flashman at the charge is one of the best books in the Flahman papers. Thanks

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  • Brian
  • 09-06-19

Such fun.

Amazing book read beautifully. Top marks. Will definitely be looking for more of Flashman soon.