He was also the holder of trenchant views... maybe best described in his memoir, The Light's on at Signpost a remarkably similar to my own.
A classic example of Fraser's breadth is his coverage of the assault on Magdala by Napier. Only last year a new history, "The barefoot Emperor" came out. This was reviewed extensively in the broadshets, most mentioningthat this was a hidden part of both African and British colonial history. It tells of the traji-comdey of Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia.
But of course it wasn't hidden, Flashman had been there, and his version of the history as ever missed very little of the truth, but was a hell of a lot more fun.
So I shall raise a bumper in your memory Mr Fraser.