‘Forward the Light Brigade! Was there a man dismayed?” Yes, there was. Flashman was not so much dismayed as terrified. Once again, despite all his shameless wriggling and talent for evasion, the arch-cad of Victorian literature, survivor of countless retreats, surrenders, flights and disasters (and bedroom brawls) finds himself trembling on the brink of death and destruction. The infamous bullying poltroon from Tom Brown’s Schooldays hasn’t changed at all.