The Candlemass Road - with - The Reavers SIGNED - George MacDonald Fraser 1993 - Harvill, London - First Editions George MacDonald Fraser wrote The Candlemass Road after completing his research and writing The Steel Bonnets, his non-fiction account of the Anglo-Scottish border Reivers. In this work, firmly based on historical fact, Young Lady Margaret Dacre was brought up in the genteel fashion at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. When her father is murdered, she inherits his lands in the English West March and is plunged into a world where violence and raiding are commonplace. Fraser’s characters are, as always, richly developed through vivid descriptions and witty dialogues. His novel is true to the spirit of the Anglo-Scottish frontier feud.

‘Power, lust and survival in the lawless border country... vivid... perfectly paced.’ –
Independent on Sunday.

Fifteen years later G.M.F. decides to expand on his original
Candlemass plot to produce a book he refers to as ‘Nonsense’ and one that ‘might be described as an Octogenarians rebuke to a generation that seems to have forgotten fun and become obsessed with misery, Disaster, illness, operations....’ (here ensues a long list). ‘The Reavers is simply G.M.F. taking off on what a learned judge would call a frolic of his own.’ This leads to a 16th-century tale of swordplay and gleefully anachronistic wordplay along the Scottish borderlands. A tortuous and torturous tale of four heroes: Gilderoy, dashing Scottish highwayman; Archie Noble, gallant Englishman and proud double-nought operative, licensed to slay; and a beauteous pair of ladies, the noble Lady Godiva Dacre and her randy companion, Kylie. Together the four must stop a Spanish plot to kidnap and replace James VI of Scotland with an impostor who will then gain the English throne on the death of Queen Elizabeth. They must overcome wizards, witches, warlocks and sundry other hazards while Archie and Gilderoy vie for Godiva's fickle affections.

This was G.F.M.’s last novel, a massive wink to the world, with his tongue so firmly in cheek, it is a surprise he could actually sign this copy without collapsing in a fit of laughter.
  pp. [10] 181 [1]; viii 230 [2].   Condition: Fine in fine dust jackets.   Ref: 108747   Price: HK$ 1,000