W&N Autobiography HB / TPB January £20.00 320pp 24pp illustrations 978 0 297 87190 3 / 978 0 297 87191 0 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 87192 7
‘Call back yesterday, bid time return’ – William Shakespeare, Richard II
ANTONIA FRASER My History A Memoir of Growing Up
The childhood and early-life memoir of one of our finest narrative historians. My History is Antonia Fraser’s absorbing memoir of a childhood lived in the shadow of World War Two, and a chronicle of her developing fascination with the past. Born Antonia Pakenham, the eldest of eight children, it was while growing up in Oxford she became captivated by tales from history. In describing her youthful passions she captures the child that she was, tempering her recollections with the understanding that comes with maturity. She recalls the keen Socialism of her parents, and re-evaluates her joyful wartime evacuation to a cousin’s country house in contrast to the grief experienced by her mother and father. From school she enters the world of publishing, during which time she meets Harold Nicolson, Moura Budberg and has a happy collaboration with Cecil Beaton. It is after she becomes a wife and mother that she seizes the opportunity to write what becomes the great biography of Mary Queen of Scots, a decisive moment in her life. Antonia Fraser is the author of the bestselling Mary Queen of Scots, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Marie Antoinette. Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter was published to great acclaim in 2010. She was made a DBE in 2011 for services to literature.
Location: West London Available for interview www.antoniafraser.com
W&N Non-Fiction / Autobiography • January 2015