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The Reavers by George Macdonald Fraser
  

The Reavers

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The author admits this book is nonsense, and meant to be. It is also the most enormous fun. Peopled with over-the-top characters, some speaking in almost impossible to read dialects, and all confronted with ridiculous situations in their bid to save/destroy England, it is a real ‘piss-take’ of the bodice ripper-cum-swashbuckling romp. Some of the modern references to Elizabethan attitudes are truly hilarious. Fans of his other ridiculous work, Pyrates, will know what they are in for. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

If you like George Macdonald Fraser you might also like to read books by Boris Akunin, Tom Sharpe and Leslie Thomas.

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Synopsis

The Reavers by George Macdonald Fraser

Spoiled, arrogant, filthy rich, and breathtakingly beautiful, the young Lady Godiva Dacre is exiled from the court of Good Queen Bess (who can't abide red-haired competition) to her lonely estate in distant Cumberland, where she looks forward to bullying the peasantry and getting her own imperious way. Little does she guess that the turbulent Scottish border is the last place for an Elizabethan heiress, beset by ruthless reivers (many of them unshaven), blackmailing ruffians, fiendish Spanish plotters intent on regime change and turning Merrie England into a ghastly European Union province.

And no one to rely on but her half-witted blonde school chum, a rugged English superman with a knack for disaster, and a dashing highwayman who looks like Errol Flynn but has a Glasgow accent. To say nothing of warlocks, impersonators, taxi-drivers riding brooms, burlesque artists, the drunkest man in Scotland, and several quite normal characters – oh, yes, gossips, it's all happening in The Reavers, a moral tale obviously conceived in some kind of fit by Flashman author George MacDonald Fraser … well, he's getting on, and was bound to crack eventually. He admits (nay, insists) that it's a crazy story for readers who love fun for its own sake.

About the Author

George Macdonald Fraser
The author of the famous ‘Flashman Papers’ and the ‘Private McAuslan’ stories, George MacDonald Fraser worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he also wrote numeous films, most notably ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘The Four Musketeers’, and the James Bond film, ‘Octopussy’. He died in January 2008.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2007

Author

George Macdonald Fraser

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Harpercollins Publishers

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Hardback

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007253838

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