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The Complete McAuslan

Stories from the Author of the Beloved Flashman Series

From humorist George MacDonald Fraser comes the funniest stories of an inept soldier, Private McAuslan, now collected in a single volume.

The most disastrous soldier to ever serve in the British Army, Private McAuslan, J., the dirtiest soldier in the world (alias the tartan Caliban, or the Highland Division’s answer to the Peking man), first demonstrated his unfitness for service in “The General Danced at Dawn.” He continued his disorderly advance, losing, soiling, and destroying his equipment, through the pages of “McAuslan in the Rough.” The final story, “The Sheikh and the Dustbin,” pursues the career of the great incompetent as he shambles across North Africa and Scotland, swinging his right arm in time with his right leg and tripping over his untied laces. Whatever he does and wherever he goes, Private McAuslan’s admirers know him as court-martial defendant, ghost catcher, star-crossed lover, and golf-caddie extraordinaire.

Now, all of George MacDonald Fraser’s inimitable McAuslan stories are collected together in one glorious volume, for readers to gasp, giggle, and gawk at McAuslan’s misadventures. Whether map reading his erratic way through the Sahara by night, or confronting Arab rioters, McAuslan’s talent for catastrophe is guaranteed.

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"Fraser can easily juggle Conan Doyle and Holmes, Fleming and Bond, Wodehouse and Wooster." —Vanity Fair

"Extremely and consistently funny." —Christopher Hitchens

"One of the masterly comic writers of the 20th century." —Wall Street Journal

"A marvelous reporter and a first-rate historical novelist." —Kingsley Amis

"George MacDonald Fraser writes superbly." —Washington Post

"Fraser is an excellent popular historian." —Time Magazine

"Twenty-five years have not dimmed Mr Fraser's recollections of those hectic days of soldiering. One takes leave of his characters with real and grateful regret." —Sunday Times

"It's great fun and rings true: a Highland Fling of a book." —Eric Linklater

"Fraser can easily juggle Conan Doyle and Holmes, Fleming and Bond, Wodehouse and Wooster." —Vanity Fair

"Extremely and consistently funny." —Christopher Hitchens

"One of the masterly comic writers of the 20th century." —Wall Street Journal

"A marvelous reporter and a first-rate historical novelist." —Kingsley Amis

"George MacDonald Fraser writes superbly." —Washington Post

"Fraser is an excellent popular historian." —Time Magazine

"Twenty-five years have not dimmed Mr Fraser's recollections of those hectic days of soldiering. One takes leave of his characters with real and grateful regret." —Sunday Times

"It's great fun and rings true: a Highland Fling of a book." —Eric Linklater

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