Flashman - George MacDonald Fraser Quick read. Flashman is an insufferable person, but in a rather neat trick, is self aware, witty and perceptive enough to make reading about him enjoyable. I'm not quite sure where the book fits in, historiographicaly speaking - is the joke on Flashman, for so failing as a human being, or on the whole enterprise of the British Empire, and Flashman merely a healthy and natural product of it?