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  • George MacDonald Fraser

    This is a beautiful, moving tale from the bestselling author of the 'Flashman Papers'. To the young Lady Margaret Dacre, raised in the rich security of Queen Elizabeth's court, the Scottish border was a land of blood and brutal violence, where raid and murder were commonplace, and her broad inheritance lay at the mercy of the outlaw riders and feuding tribes of England's last frontier. Beyond the law's protection, alone but for her house servants and an elderly priest, she could wait helpless in her lonely manor, or somehow find the means to fight the terror approaching from the northern...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    The first unpublished novel from the historical fiction legend, George Macdonald Fraser, featuring the unscrupulous and brilliantly entertaining pirate, Calico Jack Rackham. New Providence, 1720s. When infamous pirate Captain ‘Calico’ Jack Rackham returns from the high seas to ask Governor Woodes Rogers for a royal pardon, the Governor sees his chance to put his own devious plans into action. Their agreement sets off an adventure of betrayals, counter-betrayals, plots and escapes that see Rackham join forces with the scheming but seductively beautiful pirate, Anne Bonney. Captain in Calico is a wonderfully spirited and entertaining novel,...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    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. Many have marvelled at General Napier's daring 1868 expedition through the treacherous peaks and bottomless chasms of Abyssinia to rescue a small group of British citizens held captive by the mad tyrant Emperor Theodore. But the vital role of Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., in the success of this campaign has hitherto gone unrecorded. ...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    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. In addition to the other famous adventures come three episodes in the career of this eminent if disreputable adventurer. Plumbing the depths of dishonour, Flashman’s up to his old tricks again. Whether embroiled in a plot to assassinate Emperor Franz-Josef, saving the Prince of Wales from scandal, or being chased by...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    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. ‘When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman’ Abraham Lincoln In China in 1860, a lot of people mistakenly put their trust in Flashman: the English vicar’s daughter with her cargo of opium; Lord Elgin in search of an intelligence chief; the Emperor’s ravishing concubine, seeking a champion in her struggles for...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    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. If only Flashman had got on with his dinner and ignored the handkerchief dropped by a flirtatious hussy in a Calcutta hotel … Well, American history would have been different, a disastrous civil war might have been avoided, and Flashman himself would have been spared one of the most hair-raising adventures of his misspent life. ...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    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. What caused the Indian Mutiny? The greased cartridge, religious fanaticism, political blundering, yes – but one hitherto unsuspected factor is now revealed to be the furtive figure who fled across India in 1857 with such frantic haste: Flashman. Plumbing new depths of anxious knavery in his role as secret agent...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    Flashman must choose – politcs in London or slave trading in Africa – not that it matters really in this hilarious third installement of the Flashman Papers When Flashman was inveigled into a game of pontoon with Disraeli and Lord George Bentinck, he was making an unconscious choice about his own future – would it lie in the House of Commons or the West African slave trade? Was there, for that matter, very much difference? Once again Flashman’s charm, cowardice, treachery, lechery and fleetness of foot see the lovable rogue triumph by the skin of his chattering...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    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. When our hero Flashman accepts an invitation from his old enemy, Tom Brown of Rugby, to join in a friendly cricket match, he does not suspect that he is letting himself in for the most desperate game of his scandalous career. What follows is a deadly struggle that sees him scampering from the hallowed wicket of Lord’s...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    In Volume II of the Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent. In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beauiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era. From London gaming-halls and English hunting-fields to European dungeons and throne-rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours and (when he cannot avoid them)...read more

  • George MacDonald Fraser

    Scottish author George MacDonald Fraser was famed for his legendary Flashman series, featuring the incorrigible knave Harry Flashman, a soldier in the imperial British army. In the colorful standalone Captain in Calico, the first novel he ever wrote but which has never been published, Fraser introduces another real-life anti-hero: Captain John Rackham, called Calico Jack, an illustrious eighteenth-century pirate who marauded the Caribbean seas. On a tranquil evening in the Bahamas, Calico Jack, long wanted on counts of piracy, makes a surprise appearance at the Governors residence and asks for a pardon for himself and his men. A deal is brokered after Jack reveals the motive for turning...read more

  • Alexander Anderson

    Scotland's official national day is St Andrew's Day, the feast day of Saint Andrew.In the bible it is Andrew who introduces his brother Peter to Jesus as the Messiah. As well as Scotland he is also the Patron Saint of the likes of Russia, Greece, the Ukraine, and Barbados.It is thought that the day was first celebrated over a thousand years ago in the reign of Malcolm III (1034-1093).In both Scotland and those many countries with connections to, or who have a sizable Scottish population in these more modern times, it is a welcome display of heritage, culture and the fine traits of Scottish hospitality with food, music and dance.St Andrews Day is also the start of the Scottish winter...read more

  • George MacDonald

    The Princess and the Goblin is an enthralling fantasy tale written by George MacDonald. Her nurse Lootie raises the princess Irene in a house on a mountain, it is here that she meets her mysterious great great grandmother, and her friend the minor boy Curdie. Things are peaceful for Irene until the hideous race of goblins that live beneath the mountain start planning something...read more

  • George MacDonald

    A young man named Anodos experiences dream like adventures in Fairy Land, where he meets tree spirits, endures the presence of the overwhelming shadow, journeys to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth. The story conveys a profound sadness and a poignant longing for...read more

  • George MacDonald

    The story of a Princess named Irene, and her adventure with a boy named Curdie Peterson. Princess Irene meets her grandmother, and Irene wants her nurse, Lootie, to know that her grandmother is so sweet and kind. But Lootie doesn't believe there is a grandmother. One day, while it was getting very late outdoors, Lootie and the Princess loose their way, and cannot remember which way was back home. But then Curdie, the merry miner-boy, want's to save the princess from the evil goblins, and so he makes sure that they cannot get to her. The Princess then wants Curdie to meet her grandmother, but somehow, Curdie cannot see Irene's grandmother, and so he becomes angry with Irene. Much later in...read more

  • George MacDonald

    “People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less. I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn't seen some of it.” Eight-year-old Princess Irene is everything a princess of her age should be: brave, imaginative, strong-willed, and eager to be a good person. But her situation is not ideal: she lives in a lonely castle separated from her kingdom with her nursemaid, amid mines full of goblins who seek to destroy her and her family. But one day, the young princess happens upon the ghost of her namesake while exploring her castle, and begins an adventure to overtake the goblins and restore order to her kingdom....read more

  • Jan Neruda

    A collection of classic vampire tales to...read more

  • George Macdonald Fraser

    Wäre Lola Montez nicht gewesen, hätte Harry Flashman Bismarck nicht kennengelernt - und Schleswig-Holstein wäre heute eine dänische Provinz. Aussicht auf Profit und Abenteuerlust locken ihn aus den Londoner Spielsälen nach Deutschland. Eine dramatische Folge von Fluchtversuchen, Verkleidungen und Amouren treiben ihn durch Deutschland, wo er schließlich in die Wirren der 48er Revolution in München gerät. Flashman beweist hier von neuem seinen überlegenen Umgang mit Staatsmännern vom Kaliber Bismarcks, mit Kurtisanen, Duellanten, Kammerzofen und Damen der...read more

  • George Macdonald Fraser

    Beim Rückzug der 14.000 Briten und verbündeten Inder von Kabul im ersten Afghanischen Krieg macht Harry sich natürlich aus dem Staub und schlägt sich selbst durch. Der Rest der Armee fällt den Afghanen und der Kälte zum Opfer. Das endet in höchsten militärischen Auszeichnungen als 'Held von Dschalalabad' und bei den Afghanen wird er als 'Bloody Lance' geachtet. 'Man verzeiht ihm seine Unarten, wenn er mit so überlegener Ironie militärische Dickschädel und spießbürgerliche Krämerseelen auf den Arm nimmt und nebenbei die Strategie des britischen Weltreichs in Indien und Afghanistan als blutigen Dilettantismus entlarvt ...' (Münchner...read more

  • George Macdonald Fraser

    Flashmans Traum von einem Sitz im Parlament wird durch einen Skandal gestört, der ihn zwingt, ins Ausland zu gehen. Sein Schwiegervater schickt ihn auf ein Sklavenschiff. Im mörderischen Dschungel Dahomeys wird eine Ladung Sklaven übernommen und nach Amerika gebracht. Dort wird das Sklavenschiff aufgebracht und Flashman rettet sich mit Hilfe einer falschen Identität. In Amerika, wo er auf Abraham Lincoln trifft, gerät er zwischen alle Fronten, wird selbst zum Sklaven, zum Sklavenaufseher, zum Sklavenbefreier - kurz zu einem Helden der Freiheit. Ein abwechslungs- und temporeicher, spannender und mit viel Humor gewürzter historischer...read more