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George MacDonald Fraser's hilarious stories of the most disastrous soldier in the British Army are collected together for the first time in one volume. Private McAuslan, J., the Dirtiest Soldier in the World (alias the Tartan Caliban, or the Highland Division's answer to the Pekin Man) first demonstrated his unfitness for service in The General Danced at Dawn. He continued his disorderly advance, losing, soiling or destroying his equipment, through the pages of McAuslan in the Rough. The final volume, The Sheikh and the Dustbin, pursues the career of the great incompetent as he shambles across North African and Scotland, swinging his right arm in time with his right leg and tripping over his untied laces. His admirers know him as court-martial defendant, ghost-catcher, star-crossed lover and golf caddie extraordinary. Whether map-reading his erratic way through the Sahara by night or confronting Arab rioters, McAuslan's talent for catastrophe is guaranteed. Now, the inimitable McAuslan stories are collected together in one glorious volume.
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About the Author
George MacDonald Fraser (19252008) was a Scottish author best known for his famous the Flashman Papers series and the Private McAuslan stories. He served in the British Army during World War II and spent the rest of his career working for newspapers in the United Kingdom and Canada. In addition to his novels, Fraser wrote screenplays for numerous films, most notably The Three Musketeers and the James Bond film Octopussy. Fraser lived on the Isle of Man, in the United Kingdom, where he died at the age of eighty-two.