The novelist George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman adventure stories, has died aged 82, his publisher has said.
The popular books saw womanising anti-hero Sir Harry Flashman, fight his way around the British Empire.
MacDonald Fraser, who was appointed an OBE in 1999, also wrote the screenplay for James Bond film Octopussy.
The Carlisle-born journalist turned author, who lived on the Isle of Man, had fought cancer for several years.
He was married and had three children.
The Flashman books are quite brilliant, and he wrote a good number of other books too. In fact, I particularly enjoyed The Pyrates, which was recommended to me—in Cloisters, my local pub—by Joe Gordon.
It was Joe Gordon who started me blogging, almost as a protest, when he was sacked by Waterstones in Edinburgh for writing about them on his blog, the Woolamaloo Gazette. In fact, that was the very first time that I had even heard of blogging.
So, there you go...