♥ Book Title : Quartered Safe Out Here
☯ Full Synopsis : "George MacDonald Fraser—beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels—offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II. Fraser was only 19 when he arrived there in the war's final year, and he offers a first-hand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service. A substantial Epilogue, occasioned by the 50th anniversary of VJ-Day in 1995, adds poignancy to a volume that eminent military historian John Keegan described as "one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War.""Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Complete McAuslan
☯ Full Synopsis : "George MacDonald Fraser's hilarious stories of the most disastrous soldier in the British Army are collected together for the first time in one volume. Private McAuslan, J., the Dirtiest Soldier in the World (alias the Tartan Caliban, or the Highland Division's answer to the Pekin Man) first demonstrated his unfitness for service in The General Danced at Dawn. He continued his disorderly advance, losing, soiling or destroying his equipment, through the pages of McAuslan in the Rough. The final volume, The Sheikh and the Dustbin, pursues the career of the great incompetent as he shambles across North African and Scotland, swinging his right arm in time with his right leg and tripping over his untied laces. His admirers know him as court-martial defendant, ghost-catcher, star-crossed lover and golf caddie extraordinary. Whether map-reading his erratic way through the Sahara by night or confronting Arab rioters, McAuslan's talent for catastrophe is guaranteed. Now, the inimitable McAuslan stories are collected together in one glorious volume."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Sheikh and the Dustbin
☯ Full Synopsis : "The second title in a trilogy from the internationally bestselling author of The Flashman series. Private McAuslan continues his disorderly advance, losing, soiling or destroying his equipment. Whether map-reading his erratic way through the Sahara by night or confronting Arab rioters, McAuslan's talent for catastrophe is constant."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Burma, Kipling and Western Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "For decades, scholars have been trying to answer the question: how was colonial Burma perceived in and by the Western world, and how did people in countries like the United Kingdom and United States form their views? This book explores how Western perceptions of Burma were influenced by the popular music of the day. From the First Anglo-Burmese War of 1824-6 until Burma regained its independence in 1948, more than 180 musical works with Burma-related themes were written in English-speaking countries, in addition to the many hymns composed in and about Burma by Christian missionaries. Servicemen posted to Burma added to the lexicon with marches and ditties, and after 1913 most movies about Burma had their own distinctive scores. Taking Rudyard Kipling’s 1890 ballad ‘Mandalay’ as a critical turning point, this book surveys all these works with emphasis on popular songs and show tunes, also looking at classical works, ballet scores, hymns, soldiers’ songs, sea shanties, and film soundtracks. It examines how they influenced Western perceptions of Burma, and in turn reflected those views back to Western audiences. The book sheds new light not only on the West’s historical relationship with Burma, and the colonial music scene, but also Burma’s place in the development of popular music and the rise of the global music industry. In doing so, it makes an original contribution to the fields of musicology and Asian Studies."Article| Andrew Selth| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Civilians into soldiers
☯ Full Synopsis : "Civilians into soldiers is an examination of British Army life during the Second World War. Drawing on a wealth of official records and servicemen's personal testimonies it explores the ways in which male civilians were turned into soldiers through the techniques by which they were inducted into military culture. Newlands argues that their bodies were central to this process. Using strict physical regimes, the military authorities sorted men into bodily types that reflected their cultural assumptions and sought to transform them into figures that they imagined to be ideal. However, soldiers' bodies were often far from ideal and served to frustrate these designs. While recruits were willing to engage in practices and routines that they found desirable they also resisted the army's demands by creating subversive bodily cultures. This book follows the chronological experiences of army personnel, from their recruitment and training to their confrontations with wounding and death, tracing the significance of the body throughout. It analyses the extent to which the British Army organised compliance and relied on consent to achieve its objectives, the ways in which resistance was manifested and experienced, and what can be drawn from these instances by way of larger observations about wartime society in general. By examining soldiers' embodied experiences it also illuminates broader issues of gender, class, national identity and emotional life. As such, this study makes a major contribution to military history, medical history and the social and cultural history of Britain in the Second World War. Civilians into soldiers will appeal to academics and students interested in British social and cultural history, military medicine and war studies."Article| Emma Newlands| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Desired Haven
☯ Full Synopsis : "“Seems like trouble’s your middle name, McGrath.” You could understand why Matron said that: Nursing Officer Colleen McGrath has seen plenty of trouble. When her commanding officer in Italy charges her with “intolerable” behavior towards the Chaplaincy, and she’s facing court martial, she escapes by transferring to the Far East. In less than a month, she dodges strafing, bombing, shipwreck, and a knife attack. In Calcutta’s Grand Hotel, she breaks a vase over the head of a drunken Special Forces officer, nearly creating an international incident. And on the Gothic Line in Italy, then in Burma, she sees enough blood and mayhem to last a lifetime. Colleen is still only twenty-three at the war’s end, but her troubles aren’t over. Not by a long way. The Great Enemy sometimes targets particular individuals. Colleen is one. Yet she may yet find grace abounding—and her desired haven—with the man she loves."Article| Alan J. O'Reilly| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Candlemass Road
☯ Full Synopsis : "George MacDonald Fraser wrote The Candlemass Road after completing his research and writing The Steel Bonnets, his nonfiction account of the Anglo-Scottish border Reivers. Young Lady Margaret Dacre was brought up in the genteel fashion at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. When her father is murdered, she inherits his lands in the English West March and is plunged into a world where violence and raiding are commonplace. Fraser’s characters are, as always, richly developed through vivid descriptions and witty dialogues. His novel is true to the spirit of the Anglo-Scottish frontier feud."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Steel Bonnets
☯ Full Synopsis : "From the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, outlaws reigned supreme on the contentious frontier between England and Scotland. Feud and terror, raid and reprisal, were the ordinary stuff of life—and a way of survival. Power was held by the notorious border reivers (the "steel bonnets," named for their flashy helmets), who robbed and murdered in the name of family: the famous clans (or "grains")—like Elliot, Armstrong, Charlton, and Robson—romanticized by Sir Walter Scott. In The Steel Bonnets, George MacDonald Fraser, author of the bestselling Flashman novels, and himself a borderer, tells the fascinating and bloody story of the reivers, their rise to power as ferocious soldiers of horse, and their surprisingly sudden fall from grace."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flash for Freedom!
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : McAuslan in the Rough
☯ Full Synopsis : "Private McAuslan demonstrates his unfitness for the service in The General Danced at Dawn, the first in a trilogy that could do for the Scots what P.G. Wodehouse did for the English."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flashman
☯ Full Synopsis : "The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. The author has written several books about Flashman, and books of short stories, including The General Danced at Dawn."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Black Ajax
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the spirit of Flashman, Fraser presents a rousing story of prize fighting in the 19th century. A freed black American slave comes to challenge the previously unbeaten English champion, Tom Cribb."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Both Eyes Open
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| George Fraser, Pauline Fraser, Graham Adams| Statement ..."