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Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2011
Librarians beware! tough to know what shelf to put this on - and that's supported by the mixed nature of the reviews to date.

Imagine trying to capture 30 years of a marriage in about 8 hours? What to include and what to exclude? Its clearly going to be tough. And you're going to leave yourself open to all sorts of criticism focussed on superficiality, lack of insight, lack of detail/too much detail, prefer the Private Eye version of events ...

But if you like Diaries, if you want to learn about Pinter and Lady Magnesia, if you enjoy love stories, you are probably really going to ennjoy reading (or listening to) this book.

(The extremeley posh for them what wants to know) Sandra Duncan puts in an excellent performance (with help from Gareth Armstrong* reading the poems. Gareth Armstrong may be better known as Sean Myerson, the publican of the Cat and Fiddle on Radio 4's the Archers, the serial's first regular gay character).
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on 15 November 2014
Very good, very revealing
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2013
I chose this book as both Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter are people of this century who are/ were both well known and talented people. I also wanted to find out why AF was exposing her life - and family and close friends - to the public.

I liked her style of writing very much - very personal without a sense of exposure. Rather a sense of sharing their time together.
Never boring, she has the ability to write in a warm and interesting style which kept the pages turning......gently!

I am not sure that it would appeal to all men but certainly to most women
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2012
Having long admired and read Antonia Fraser, likewise Harold Pinter, many of whose plays I saw in London, and also having been fascinated at the possibilities of their relationship, reading this was gripping. Her writing is so easy and the story wonderfully human. Having recently lost a second husband after a thrilling relationship of 37 years I relived my own story with her's, and the unimaginable grief and relief at the passing after 6 years of increasing illness and disability. It was for me a joyful and uplifting read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
Very interesting insight into these two famous people and their lives together. They seemed to know everyone famous at the time in political and literary circles as well as Antonia's many posh friends !. Wasn't aware of how politically they were involved with a number of foreign leaders like Havel which was impressive. It could have seemed a bit like showing off but wasn't at all mainly down to Antonia's genuine and nice personality which came across strongly as well as her openness and honesty.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2011
I learned a great deal about Harold Pinter which I didn't already know. I didn't realise he had done so much work for peace and that he struggled for so many years against ill health to maintain this - often making difficult journeys around the world.
I found some of the diary entries a little difficult to follow at times and would have liked a bit more background to some of the stories and people mentioned. However, I found it a fascinating book, well worth reading.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2010
The best bits of this diary were published in various newspapers: reading the whole thing is fairly uninteresting except in a few entries.There is a lack of dates with regard to years and many of the people refered to would not be known to many readers and there is little explanation as to who they might be. Of little interest to the general public I would guess.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
I read that Lady Antonia Fraser wrote this book soon after her bereavement and in a short space of time. Not surprisingly it flows with honesty and love. It is not flowery or simpering but a heartfelt and elegant love letter to a remarkable man, clearly empowered to reach his potential by this remarkable woman, who in turn was equally empowered. If we were all so lucky.....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2012
Good. came as described and on time.The tale of aa love affair and eventually a marriage. Must you go were the first words Pinter said to her. And of course they wer there from her at his death
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2012
Very enthralling, "pulling you in" book. It gives not only a good picture of their lives together but also of the time and period. Thoroughly enjoyed it and very much recommend it!
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