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. Expelled from Rugby for drunkenness, and none too welcome at home after seducing his father’s mistress, the young Flashman embarks on a military career with Lord Cardigan’s Hussars.
En route to Afghanistan, our hero hones his skills as a soldier, duellist, imposter, coward, and amorist (mastering all 97 ways of Hindu love-making during a brief sojourn in Calcutta), before being pressed into reluctant service as a secret agent. His Afghan adventures culminate in a starring role in that great historic disaster, the Retreat from Kabul.
"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 only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them." (Washington Post)
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Excellent Performance, Mediocre Story
The performance by Rupert Penry-Jones was perfect. Very convincing as both Flashman as well as the dodery old Generals and Majors that pop-up throughout the book.
Yes - although perhaps not the easily offended!
When Flashman's in hospital having the stories of his heroism recounted (all of which are false) and Flashman finding out the only person who knew of his cowardice was dead.
Meet Flashman, the Cowardly Cad
Best History Lesson Ever
The story telling is great and the fact that this is historically accurate is fascinating. The 1st Afghan war and the follow ups is a real eye opener on individual heroism and adventuring beyond known maps (of the time). All the more fascinating due to the current political climate.
Has to be Flashy - don't you know (says I). But the Sergeant is a close second with the Afghan nemesis
Rupert really brings the story and characters to life. Each is given their own larger than life personality. Expert story teller - have listened to Rupert's other Flashman stories all excellently done
If I could