Christopher Maclehose

The derring-do that created Flashman

Christopher Maclehose recalls his dealings with the author of the Flashman novels, George Macdonald Fraser

The success of the Flashman series owed something to the inspired choice of Arthur Barbosa as designer of the covers [Getty Images/Shutterstock/iStock/Alamy]

I met George Macdonald Fraser when he was the features editor of the Glasgow Herald. He was a very good newspaperman on what was a fine daily paper. James Holburn was the editor, Reggie Byers his deputy, Chris Small the literary editor, all admirable and amiable journalists. When Holburn retired, Fraser was for a while acting editor and should have been made editor and would have been fair and fearless.

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