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Flashman's Lady (Flashman Papers #6)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,415 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Flashy, that lustful libertine, takes a round-the-world adventure that would shock Don Juan and make swingers of today green with envy. In an English mansion, he's not just doodling in the drawing room with a blue blood's red-hot-blooded mistress; in Africa, he's forced to serve a sultry queen who kills low-endurance lovers.

The irresistable antihero heads to China, where h

Published (first published 1977)
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Victor Bruneski
I loved the first Flashman, so decided to give this a try since it is supposedly the second in the chronology, even if it is #6.

Any, at first I have to say I was pretty disappointed. The book starts out with ol' Flashy in England, playing cricket of all things. It get pretty detailed about the game, which I found dry, especially since I am a Canadian and don't have a clue about it. Flashman seems a bit toned down from the first book, even if he is having an affair with a duke's wife. Of course w
Rick Brindle
Flashman's wife is kidnapped by a pirate after Flash loses a game of cricket, and as a result he has to sail to the far east with the guy who beat him. He then goes through all sorts of perils against Borneo pirates, then is enslaved, along with Elspeth on Madagascar.
This is the fourth Flashman book I've read, and I have to say, I actually like old Flashy. Sure, he cheated at cricket, but didn't James Bond do the same in the Goldfinger golf match? So he can't keep it in his pants, but nor could
Gerhardt Himmelmann
Probably my least favourite Flashman novel to date; but that's likely because one of the three episodes depicted here revolves around cricket, a game that I understand little and care about less. However, when the action shifts to battling pirates in Sarawak and then to trying to stay alive in the mad court of Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar, my enjoyment of the book improved enormously.

This instalment also interleaves Flashman's own recollections with diary entries by his wife, Elspeth. I didn't
Flashman plays cricket with Felix, Mynn and Pilch; battles pirates with James Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak; and is enslaved and ravished by scary Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar. I'd never heard of any of these people before this book, and it's always fun to look up the history behind Flashy's bizarre escapades.

His wife Elspeth gets caught up in the adventure this time, and it was almost shocking to see Flashman worried about her. In one moment of weakness he actually considers the idea of
Flashman's Lady, by George MacDonald Fraser, [book 6 in the Flashman series] is for the most part a great romp. If you are a reader from one of the many cricket loving nations then the whole book will be enjoyable. However, for those readers who do not love or understand the fascination with cricket the first part of the book may seem incomprehensible and, occasionally, tedious.

Not to worry, once Flashy has taken to the high-seas with his ditzy wife and dour father-in-law in tow the adventure p
Thank goodness I'd already read the original Flashman so I knew what was coming, or else I might have given up on this early on. The first 80 pages are all about cricket, which may be fascinating to a Brit, but to an American was like reading a foreign (and boring) language. However, I knew enough about Flashy to keep reading, and it was well worth it. What followed were two great - if disjointed - stories of Flashman in Singapore/Borneo and then a totally bizarre Madagascar that reads like a mi ...more
Ian Mapp
GMF manages to make Cricket interesting. Does this make him the greatest author in the world? I think it probably does.

Flashman always has an innocent prelude to his adventures and this one starts with a game of cricket, where he bowls three out in a row and invents the Hat-Trick.

He meets a civilised pirate who takes his wife and father in law on a cruise. Flashman's lady is Elspeth, who joins him for the first time on and adventure and even gets her own "papers" at the end of each chapter.

We in
Muthuprakash Ravindran
Second of the series (chronologically) though written sixth. Starts with an elaborate description of a Cricket match at Lord's and picks up from there. There are bookies threatening Flashman with ruin and he escapes to Singapore and escapes the killers only to see Elsbeth kidnapped by the pirates of Borneo. Forced into the rescue by the White Rajah of Sarawak, he ends up in Madagascar ruled by a ruthless queen Ranavalona.
There are some moments of absolute chicanery by H. and places he feels bad
Raegan Butcher
Starts off a bit slow what with all the Cricket playing (mystifies a yank like me, you see)but once it gets going this proves to be an excellent entry in the Flashman series. Especially enjoyable are the sections featuring that most amazing 19th century Englishman, James Brooke, the White Rajah, true life inspiration to Conrad's "Lord Jim".
how does he do it? can't keep his pants on. still one of the best anti heroes ever! what a creep. I love him.

Hilarious. Some of the language is a bit dodgy but it still worth a read.
Flashy --- after, incidentally, pulling a hat trick on the three most celebrated cricketers of his time --- accepts a “friendly” wager in a single-wicket match against Don Solomon, a half-breed Etonian socialite. The tie score results in he and Elspeth accompanying Solomon on a cruise to the Far East, where Solomon’s true colors are revealed, and he absconds with Elspeth. Flashman must fight, however unwillingly, to get her back --- until they both end up in the hands of the bloodthirsty queen o ...more
What a relief after the appalling horror of Flashman in the Great Game! Beautiful but feather-brained Elspeth, wife of the unquenchable Harry Flashman, is kidnapped by Malay pirates and ravished off to Borneo and Madagascar. Flash (reluctantly) goes to her rescue, dragged along in the wake of James Brooke, White Raja of Sarawak, and his motley crew. Along the way he manages to survive at least three battles with pirates and becomes a sex slave to Queen Ranavalona who boils people alive for fun ( ...more
-Nuevas aventuras de un antihéroe gracioso y ahora con una esposa a su altura.-

Género. Novela (y en cierto modo, hasta novela histórica a veces).

Lo que nos cuenta. Publicación del manuscrito de importancia histórica que trae luz a un hueco en las aventuras de Flashmanentre su encuentro con Bismarck en Londres y su participación en el asunto de Schleswig-Holstein, que según algunos expertos ha sido manipulado por la suegra de Flashman pero quizás sólo para eliminar sus juramentos y palabras mals
-Nuevas aventuras de un antihéroe gracioso y ahora con una esposa a su altura.-

Género. Novela (y en cierto modo, hasta novela histórica a veces).

Lo que nos cuenta. Publicación del manuscrito de importancia histórica que trae luz a un hueco en las aventuras de Flashmanentre su encuentro con Bismarck en Londres y su participación en el asunto de Schleswig-Holstein, que según algunos expertos ha sido manipulado por la suegra de Flashman pero quizás sólo para eliminar sus juramentos y palabras mals
History's most incourigible scoundrel rides again! Flashman's Lady finds our Flashy in trouble of his own making once more, dodging robbers in back alleys (for the initiated, I need not explain why he was there in the first place), unheroically battling Malaysian pirates, and in the middle of Madagascar's Queen Ranavalona's hellish twilight zone of 19th century genocide. "Hell and damnation!" and his introduction to the queen had me laughing out loud. This is the way history should be consumed. ...more
Continuing his satirical chronicle of the decline of the British Empire, Flashman is used again as a metaphor for the British attitude towards all people dark and exotic. Flashman's comely white wife is abducted and sailed away into dark, devilish Madagascar and through a terror of events Flashman finds himself servicing the tyrannical queen, avoiding mutilation and death, and trying to save his wife from a similar fate. Fraser heaps on the irony with a shovel here, using Flashman as his reporte ...more
Joe Rowan
It's been a little while since I read any of the marvellously fun Flashman books, so my memory might be a little hazy, but this didn't seem quite as good as the others, which is to say that it was still very entertaining. Took me quite a while to get into and I don't think the story is necessarily helped by its three rather separate parts - I think it makes it feel a little rushed and disjointed. Still, I suppose that's the price one occasionally pays for squeezing Flashman into actual historica ...more
Dennis Maloney
Not as interesting as others, but still worth a read for the fans of Flashman.

Honestly, I could have done without this story, except for the moments of Flashman showing empathy and care for someone other than himself. It is an interesting pivot for a character and something I look forward to seeing more of in subsequent books.
This was another enjoyable Flashman book. The 6th in the series it goes back to 1844. I found the first part of the book a little tedious as it was all about the riveting sport of Cricket. The book got much better though as Flashman, this time with his wife Elsepeth and his father-in-law in tow, on a pleasure cruise to Singapore. Things get nasty there as their host turns out to be the nefarious pirate Suleiman Usman who runs off with Harry's wife. In this book I was introduced to James Brooke, ...more
Gail Gauthier
This is the first Flashman book I've read, and I can imagine it becoming a guilty pleasure. As other readers have noted, this book starts slow because of all the cricket. You've got to really get hooked quickly by the Flashman character. Also, pay attention to the footnotes. It appears that many of the secondary characters, no matter how bizarre, are real historical figures.

The Flashman books are supposed to be the memoirs of one Harry Flashman, a pretty appalling nineteenth century British sold
Tanya Hart
The second Flashman novel I've read. I plan to read them all. I can't think of a better, smarter way to learn about British colonial history. And he's such an adorable (cowardly, pragmatic, priapic) character. This novel includes excerpts from the diary of Flashman's adorable blonde ringleted wife, who may or may not be naive and ditzy. It begins with Flashman's pride in his hard-earned skills at cricket: 'as you may know, I have three other prime talents, for horses, languages and fornication, ...more
Pirmās 40 lpp ir krikets, pēc tam kārtīgs Flešmens ar bēgšanu no pirātiem un baudkārām, slepkavnieciskām karalienēm, kuras viņam jāapmierina. Autora patika pret imperiālismu šeit tomēr jūtamāka - brīžiem pat tik ļoti, ka jāsāk šaubīties, vai Flešmena rasisms/seksisms ir parodija vien.
Robin Carter
For a long time people had expounded the brilliance of the flashman and the books are damn fine to read, i don't think it needs me or anyone else to write a review saying about the high quality of the writing and characters... but for me the real brilliance comes to the fore when the book is read by the likes of Rupert Penry-Jones / Toby Stephens / Jonathan Keeble or Timothy west.
I love to listen to the Flashman books on audio format when im on holiday, the only issue i have is to make sure i do
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
George MacDonald Fraser manages to keep the humour and interest going. I've said it before, I'm saying it again, the Flashman series should be mandatory reading for all English History students from A-level upwards. The historical content is superb and the series looks at all the important aspects of the Victorian Empire. There may be tongue in cheek a lot of the time but there is also a lot of understanding and perception as well. This episode in the Flashman Papers deals with the fascinating t ...more
Robert Anderson
A gripping account of the finest fictional cricket match I have ever encountered, together with a splendidly tongue-in-cheek slice of Boy's Own Empire in the romp along the Krang River with the White Rajah of Sarawak- what's not to like?
Chris Conrady
It really took me about half way through to really get into this, my third Flashman adventure. It was one of those books that was initially more of a chore than something I enjoyed. Part of that for me was that the first 100 or so pages were all about cricket. Being a Yank, I don't know the first thing about cricket so the intricate details discussed were a bit tedious.

About half way through, a great naval adventure through the Phillipeans begins and gives the story some excitement! Then off to
Bill Lenoir
Brilliant! He's a coward a bully who doesn't quite get what he deserves. Great forays into the Far East and Madagascar. Great description of Cricket, too.
Ian Coutts
I have read it before, but I never tire of Flashman. The hero's a cad but a plausible one, and I learn a lot of history in an easy-to-take fashion.
Fuzzy Gerdes
Flashman's Lady adds a new twist to the well-set format of the Flashman series—Flashman's wife Elspeth is (SPOILERS!) kidnapped and throughout Flashman's memoirs extracts from Elspeth's diary are inserted. The historical backdrop of this volume is the reign of Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar and fighting pirates in Borneo. And I don't know if I'm just becoming inured to Flashman after six of these novels, or if Fraser lightened him up over the years, but I'm really starting to get into this books ...more
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He is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown's School Days. The novels are presented as "packets" of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century. The series begins with Flashman, and ...more
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Flashman Papers (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Flashman (The Flashman Papers, #1)
  • Royal Flash (The Flashman Papers, #2)
  • Flash for Freedom (The Flashman Papers #3)
  • Flashman at the Charge (Flashman Papers, #4)
  • Flashman in the Great Game (The Flashman Papers, #5)
  • Flashman and the Redskins (The Flashman Papers, #7)
  • Flashman and the Dragon (The Flashman Papers, #8)
  • Flashman and the Mountain of Light (The Flashman Papers, #9)
  • Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (The Flashman Papers, #10)
  • Flashman and the Tiger (The Flashman Papers, #11)
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