Discover the history of the british empire while finding solace in a world of safe spaces and feminism gone mad. When George MacDonald Fraser plucked the bully Flashman from the pages of Tom Brown’s Schooldays, he created one of literature’s greatest anti-hero in history. Thomas Hughes’s classic novel of English public school life published in 1857 was turned into the adventures of a scoundrel in a dozen rollicking novels about the misadventures of Henry Flashman. The novels purport to be instalments in a multi-volume “memoir” known collectively as the Flashman Papers, in which the hero details his prodigious exploits in battle, with the bottle, while satisfied his lusts across the victorian world.
The Brando Myth is still growing with his iconic mix of activism and blatant disregard for star appeal. With a caged intensity rarely matched by mortal men, he pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable both on screen and off.
Reed preferred the company of “ordinary” people, short of pretensions, to that of celebrities. At school, Reed looked like Charles Bronson crossed with a boy scout, and being the class clown made him a hero among his peers. So he developed a permanent anti-authority stance, and the conviction that an antidote to boredom was to do something outrageous or challenge someone to a fight.