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My History: A Memoir of Growing Up

Sunday 29 March 2015

1 Hour


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Acclaimed and multi-award-winning author of bestselling historical works Lady Antonia Fraser talks to journalist and writer Paul Blezard about her early life and growing love of history as described in her new book, My History: A Memoir of Growing Up.  Fraser was born to the future Lord and Lady Longford and most of her early life was spent in Oxford where she was one of few girls to be admitted to the then Dragon School for boys. Fraser explains how she landed a job in publishing after graduating from Oxford and how her growing love of history led to the publication of Mary Queen of Scots, a worldwide bestseller.

Fraser has written many bestselling historical works and is a winner of the Wolfson Award for History and the Norton Medlicott Medal of the Historical Association. Her books include Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, King Charles IIThe Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Weaker Vessel, Warrior Queens, Love and Louis XIV, and Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832. She was married to Harold Pinter, who died in 2008, and also wrote Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter.