George MacDonald Fraser

Novelist and playwright
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1925 - 2008

George MacDonald Fraser, OBE, was a bestselling author and screenwriter probably most famous for his Harry Flashman novels.

MacDonald Fraser served in the Border Regiment in Burma during the Second World War and in the Gordon Highlanders. After working on newspapers in Canada and Britain, and becoming deputy editor of the Glasgow Herald, he wrote his first Flashman novel in 1969.

There have been a total of thirteen volumes of the Flashman Papers, as well as four other novels, three volumes of short stories and four-non-fiction books. MacDonald Fraser also wrote numerous screenplays, most notably The Three Musketeers, starring Oliver Reed and the James Bond film, Octopussy.

In January 2008, apart from the numerous obituaries and articles about him, there was an enormous outpouring of grief on the internet about the death of George MacDonald Fraser. His agent even had a call from the Oval Office in Washington - President George W Bush wishing to write a letter of condolence to George’s widow. It appears he too is a Flashman fan.