The Reavers by George MacDonald Fraser

The Reavers

By George MacDonald Fraser

  • Release Date: 2007-10-01
  • Genre: Historical
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In Elizabethan England a dastardly Spanish plot to take over the throne is uncovered and it's up to Agent Archie Noble to save Queen and country.

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. But the turbulent Scottish border is the last place for an Elizabethan heiress, beset by ruthless reivers, blackmailing ruffians and fiendish Spanish plotters intent on 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, a dashing highwayman who looks like Errol Flynn but has a Glasgow accent and the drunkest man in Scotland. MacDonald Fraser admits (nay, insists) that it's a crazy story for readers who love fun for its own sake.


Praise for The Reavers:

‘Wonderfully silly’ The Times


‘…emphatically superior nonsense.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘This is a showcase for Fraser’s undiminished skill.’

Praise for Flashman on the March:

'There is a little of Flashman in all of us – but not enough.' Evening Standard

'The Flashman Papers do what all great sagas do – winning new admirers along the way but never, ever betraying old ones. It is an immense achievement.' Sunday Telegraph

'In our crass, humourless, anaemic, politically correct age, there could be no better tonic or treat than the outrageous Flashy's bold descriptions of action in battle or bedroom. To relish George MacDonald Fraser is to rediscover the joy of reading.' Daily Telegraph

‘Everything we expect from a Flashman adventure is here: lechery, double-crossing, real people, the epic poltroonery from which Flashman emerges as saviour of the hour…my one complaint about the series – surely the great mock-historical romp of the past half-century – is that MacDonald Fraser does not add to it often enough.' Mail on Sunday

About the author

The author of the famous Flashman Papers and the Private McAuslan stories, George MacDonald Fraser has worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he has also written numeous films, most notably The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, and the James Bond film, Octopussy. George Macdonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of 82.