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by George MacDonald Fraser

  • ISBN: 0007136471
  • Category: Arts and Literature
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd (April 30, 2003)
  • Pages: 352
  • ePub book: 1860 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1298 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 747

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George macdonald fraser. On the Isle of Man, where I am lucky enough to live, we have a saying: The light’s on at Signpost

George macdonald fraser. What all the wise men promised has not happened, and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass. On the Isle of Man, where I am lucky enough to live, we have a saying: The light’s on at Signpost. I’ll explain it presently; sufficient for the moment to say that it’s a catchphrase about the island’s famous TT (Tourist Trophy) race, the blue riband of world motor-cycling, and the nearest thing to the Roman circus since the hermit Telemachus got the shutters put up at the Colosseum.

George MacDonald Fraser asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

Praise for George MacDonald Fraser: 'Thanks to Fraser's passion for history, his rare gift for . The author of the famous Flashman Papers and the Private McAuslan stories, George MacDonald Fraser has worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada.

The author of the famous Flashman Papers and the Private McAuslan stories, George MacDonald Fraser has worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada.

George MacDonald Fraser's garrulous memoir reposes in that category of literature known as "bestseller's vagary", the kind of book . That's not to say that The Light's On at Signpost - an abstruse movie reference - is without a great deal of incidental interest.

George MacDonald Fraser's garrulous memoir reposes in that category of literature known as "bestseller's vagary", the kind of book whose publication rests entirely on the distinction of the person writing it. In recent years this genre has produced a number of variant forms. HarperCollins, for example - MacDonald Fraser's sponsors, by coincidence - were once forced to bring out a work of political philosophy by the thriller writer Craig Thomas.

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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Without telling the actors, he asked the writer George MacDonald Fraser to string together the spare scenes, with a few new ones thrown in, and so make a sequel.

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George Macdonald Fraser

George Macdonald Fraser. d’you think we’re paying you for?. Annoyed, I hesitated between You’re not paying enough to take that tone, and Up yours, Lancaster!, but discarded both: I knew his knees were hurting him, we’d had a long hard session in which my ideas had risen farther and farther over the top, I didn’t want to walk out on an excellent project on the spur of the moment, And even.

George MacDonald Fraser OBE FRSL (2 April 1925 – 2 January 2008) was a Scottish author who wrote historical novels, non-fiction books and several screenplays. He is best known for a series of works that featured the character Flashman. Fraser was born to Scottish parents in Carlisle, England, on 2 April 1925. His father was a doctor and his mother a nurse. It was his father who passed on to Fraser his love of reading, and a passion for his Scottish heritage.

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From the author of the ever-popular Flashman novels, a collection of film-world reminiscences and trenchant thoughts on Cool Britannia, New Labour and other abominations. In between writing Flashman novels, George MacDonald Fraser spent thirty years as an "incurably star struck" screenwriter, working with the likes of Steve McQueen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cubby Broccoli, Burt Lancaster, Federico Fellini and Oliver Reed. Now he shares his recollections of those encounters, providing a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes. Far from starry-eyed where Tony Blair & Co are concerned, he looks back also to the Britain of his youth and castigates those responsible for its decline to "a Third World country ! misruled by a typical Third World government, corrupt, incompetent and undemocratic". Controversial, witty and revealing -- or "curmudgeonly", "reactionary", "undiluted spleen", according to the critics -- The Light's on at Signpost has struck a chord with a great section of the public. Perhaps, as one reader suggests, it should be "hidden beneath the floorboards, before the Politically-Correct Thought Police come hammering at the door, demanding to confiscate any copies".

Comments

Brajind Brajind
GMF was a scholar of all things historical and lived through enough to have well reasoned opinions. His thoughts on England at time of this books publishing sound like it could have been written about America right now. This book articulates much of what many of us feel, there are a great many interesting anecdotes from behind the scenes of films GMF worked on as well. Should be a must read for students who will never get a proper civics class in today's classrooms.
Zetadda Zetadda
As a devotee of the Flashman series, I turned to this when I ran out of Flashman books. This is a mixture of memoir of Fraser's work in Hollywood as a screenwriter, in which he worked on films which were not terribly distinguished -- with the partial exception of the Three Musketeers and the Four Musketeers, which were quite good -- and chapters in which he delivers grumpily conservative political opinions. As it happens, I share those opinions. But while well expressed, Fraser adds little to the discussion by voicing, or venting, those opinions in book form. In short, this is for the Fraser devotee only.
Arakus Arakus
A fine round off to a stellar career as a cogent observer of the human condition. Old school values, an unbiased commentator, and one who has "seen the elephant", he will be sadly missed in this age of braying intellectual lightweights. The passing of a lovely mind.
Nagor Nagor
Some interesting stories of what goes on behind the scenes between script writers and producers, directors and actors. The movie stories are separated by George MacDonald Fraser's very politically incorrect opinions on the world changing around him and you can feel the glee he enjoyed while writing them. It is not hard to understand where Flashman formed his opinions.
Gogal Gogal
The book is in three interwoven threads, Fraser's screenwriting experiences, 'interlude's, and 'angry old man', a series of essays about what's wrong with the world. Much has been made of one of the latter, a short rant by an old soldier opposed to Britain's involvement in the 'Fourth Afghan War,' but these essays cover a range of topics, and there is plenty of scorn to go around. The book should be uniformly interesting for fans of Fraser, but not strongly recommended for others. For me, the revelation that he is not done with Flashman was worth the price of admission.
Faebei Faebei
Not his best work, a bit cranky.
Paster Paster
A great read with thought provoking insights.
Excellent.