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Thursday, 3 January 2008

Flashman's creator

I was shocked and saddened this morning by the death of George Macdonald Fraser, creator of the Flashman novels. A master craftsman, he created ripping yarns underpinned by a humbling depth of impeccable historical research.
On a brighter note, it was cheering to hear about a success story : Catherine O'Flynn's debut novel What was Lost has won one of the top literary prizes, the Costa First Novel Award. Catherine suffered the heartbreak of many rejections from agents before her novel was accepted, so it just goes to show that perseverance pays off.

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