Antonia Fraser

Literary Birthday – 27 August – Antonia Fraser

Happy Birthday, Antonia Fraser, born 27 August 1932.

Five Quotes

  1. Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid.
  2. People in my books tend to get their just desserts, even if not at the hands of the police.
  3. My advantage as a woman and a human being has been in having a mother who believed strongly in women’s education. She was an early undergraduate at Oxford, and her own mother was a doctor.
  4. I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.
  5. The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.

Antonia Fraser is an Anglo-Irish author of history, novels, biographies, and detective fiction. Her best-selling novels include Marie AntoinetteMary Queen of Scots, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. She was awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. She is the widow of Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature.

Source for Image:  englishpen, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 27th August 2013