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Antonia Fraser

Author of Marie Antoinette: The Journey

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About the Author

Antonia Fraser is the author of numerous internationally bestselling biographies, including "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and "Cromwell: Our Chief of Men". (Publisher Provided)
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Works by Antonia Fraser

Marie Antoinette: The Journey (2001) 3,327 copies
Mary Queen of Scots (1969) 2,909 copies
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1992) 2,263 copies
The Warrior Queens (1988) 1,302 copies
The Weaker Vessel (1984) 1,290 copies
Cromwell, Our Chief of Men (1973) 1,161 copies
The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England (1975) — Editor — 1,142 copies
King Charles II (1979) 807 copies
Quiet as a Nun (1977) 355 copies
Oxford Blood (1985) 245 copies
A Splash of Red (1981) 204 copies
The Pleasure of Reading (1992) — Editor — 189 copies
Your Royal Hostage (1987) 185 copies
The Wild Island (1978) 180 copies
Love Letters: An Illustrated Anthology (1976) — Editor — 176 copies
The Cavalier Case (1990) 167 copies
Cool Repentance (1982) 144 copies
Political Death (1996) 114 copies
Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology (1975) — Editor — 91 copies
The Stuarts (2000) — Editor — 83 copies
Robin Hood (1955) 65 copies
The Houses of Hanover and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (2000) — Editor — 63 copies
A history of toys (1966) 48 copies
Dolls (1963) 43 copies
The Life and Times of Queen Anne (1972) — Editor — 41 copies
King Charles II : Part Two (2001) 24 copies
Heroes and Heroines (1980) — Editor — 23 copies
King Charles II : Part One (2002) 22 copies
Jemima Shore Investigates (1983) 12 copies
Jemima Shore on the Case (2006) 9 copies
Jemima Shore Investigates [1983 TV Series] (1983) — Creator — 1 copy
Boots 1 copy

Associated Works

The Franchise Affair (1948) — Introduction, some editions — 2,146 copies
Framley Parsonage (1861) — Introduction, some editions — 1,854 copies
A Woman's Eye (1991) — Contributor — 274 copies
Marie Antoinette [2006 film] (2006) — Original book — 228 copies
Women on the Case (1996) — Contributor — 212 copies
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Contributor — 192 copies
The life and times of Henry VIII (1972) — Editor; Introduction — 168 copies
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories (2006) — Contributor — 140 copies
Women of Mystery (1992) — Contributor — 126 copies
The Middle Ages (2000) — Editor — 117 copies
The Life and Times of Charles II (1972) — Editor — 116 copies
Murder Most Scottish (1656) — Contributor — 93 copies
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Contributor — 81 copies
Crime Through Time II (1998) — Introduction — 78 copies
Midsummer Nights (1702) — Contributor — 74 copies
Dior by Dior (1958) — some editions — 73 copies
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Life and Times of Charles I (1972) — Introduction, some editions — 59 copies
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1992) — Contributor — 59 copies
A Century of British Mystery and Suspense (2000) — Contributor — 56 copies
A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits (2008) — Foreword, some editions — 35 copies
The Life and Times of Mary Tudor (1868) — Editor — 35 copies
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contributor — 34 copies
Great Commanders of the Early Modern World, 1583–1865 (1721) — Contributor — 25 copies
Women of Mystery - Book 3 (1998) 24 copies
The Life and Times of Edward I (1981) — Introduction, some editions — 23 copies
Murder Most Divine: Ecclesiastical Tales of Unholy Crimes (2000) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Mammoth Book of Movie Detectives and Screen Crimes (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Man Who ... (1992) — Contributor — 13 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Contributor — 13 copies
Crime Waves: No. 1 (1991) — Contributor — 12 copies
Great Tales of Crime and Detection (1992) — Contributor — 9 copies
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Contributor — 8 copies
Death on Wheels (1999) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories, 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 7 copies
Winter's Crimes 10 (1978) — Contributor — 7 copies
Winter's Crimes 15 (1983) 5 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1990 (1990) — Contributor — 5 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1987 (1987) — Contributor — 5 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 5 copies
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1982 (1982) — Contributor — 3 copies


16th century (173) 17th century (341) 18th century (108) 19th century (110) anthology (232) biography (2,221) Britain (188) British (273) British history (488) crime (212) England (828) English History (383) European History (148) fiction (1,124) Folio Society (147) France (390) French History (172) French Revolution (137) Great Britain (110) Henry VIII (150) history (3,521) literature (115) Marie Antoinette (125) Mary Queen of Scots (127) monarchy (133) mystery (1,122) non-fiction (1,451) novel (140) own (112) read (184) royalty (396) Scotland (306) short stories (291) to-read (1,065) Tudor (132) Tudors (117) UK (119) unread (152) women (325) women's history (154)

Common Knowledge

Legal name
Fraser, Antonia Margaret Caroline
Other names
Fraser, Lady Antonia
Pinter, Lady Antonia
London, England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall ∙ History)
Dragon School, Oxford
St. Mary's School, Ascot
crime writer
Pakenham, Frank, 7th Earl of Longford (father)
Longford, Elizabeth (mother)
Pinter, Harold (second husband)
Fraser, Flora (daughter)
Billington, Rachel (sister)
Pakenham, Thomas Francis Dermot, 8th Earl of Longford (brother) (show all 15)
Kazantzis, Judith (sister)
Fraser-Cavassoni, Natasha (daughter)
Fraser, Rebecca (daughter)
Pakenham, Valerie (sister-in-law)
Powell, Lady Violet (aunt)
Pakenham, Edward (uncle)
Fraser, Sir Hugh (first husband) m.1956-1977
Clive, Mary (aunt)
Lamb, Lady Pansy (aunt)
Weidenfeld & Nicholson
British Crime Writers Association (chairman)
Awards and honors
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2011)
Norton Medlicott Medal (2000)
Order of the Companions of Honour (2018)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (2003)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1999)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize (1969) (show all 9)
Wolfson History Prize (1984)
Enid McLeod Literary Prize (2001)
Gold Dagger Award (1996)
Short biography
Lady Antonia Fraser, née Pakenham, was born in London to an aristocratic English family. Her mother was the distinguished biography Elizabeth Longford. She was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, St. Mary's School, Ascot, and Oxford University. She is the author of major historical biographies, including Mary, Queen of Scots (1969), The Weaker Vessel (1984) and The Wives of Henry VIII (1996), as well as a popular mystery series featuring British television personality and investigative journalist Jemima Shore. She is a past chairman of the British Crime Writers Association. Lady Antonia married her second husband, the late Harold Pinter, in 1980, and is sometimes known as Lady Antonia Pinter. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.



BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE JUNE - FRASER & CONRAD in 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (December 2016)


Muddled plot & muddled writing.
Abcdarian | 15 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Enjoyable love story with good literati gossipy tidbits (but not enough of those either)and too careful "surface" writing without the depth and understanding which may be found in an unauthorized bio. I closed it with more questions than it answered: what about Pinter's severed relationship with his son? Her children? More of the politics of their PEN demonstrations and relationships to people like Vaclav Havel. I will have to try the Billington bio of Pinter.
featherbooks | 11 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
A compilation of pieces showcasing the passions for literature of forty authors. This is a book that is enjoyed in bits and pieces, and it contains both intriguing essays and recommendations for further reading.
jwhenderson | 7 other reviews | Apr 27, 2024 |
Best known for writing British histories, this book, written in 1977, is the first in the Jemima Shore series of mysteries.

This one has a strong grounding in Roman Catholicism, and is set in a convent. It is written in a "high British" style, slightly formal: "As I made the preparations for my nocturnal adventure,..." reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series. Once you get into the rhythm of the words, it reads very cleanly. It is well written, the main characters are well drawn, though the secondary characters less so.

The mystery is not the main point of the book, though it does build suspense well. The satisfactory nature of the resolution will, in part, depend on your sympathy with the spiritual views presented.

Based on the synopses of the next few books in the series, it looks like Fraser relies heavily on her strengths writing about history, at the expense of the mystery side. As a mystery fan, I will not be seeking out the rest of this series.

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Dorothy2012 | 15 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |



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