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on 20 May 2015
I must assume Lady Antonia Fraser needs no introduction. This book is mostly constructed from the author's contemporary diaries, edited and commentated upon where appropriate. Although with hindsight, as a method it is not the less successful for conveying the scale of her passion and joy in the company of Harold Pinter, a passion and joy which was clearly reciprocated. That by this love she felt justified in leaving her marriage to Hugh Fraser MP, by whom she had six children, is testament indeed to the depth and intensity of feeling they had for each other. And choosing to do this in Antonia's case in spite of converting to Catholicism like her father Lord Longford ! Eventually after many years together their respective spouses died and they were able to celebrate a marriage.

There is a lot of travelling. A great deal of company, mainly the bohemian elite which included many of the movers and shakers in thespian and cinematic circles. And a great deal of eating in mainly illustrious London establishments ! But these are the highlights of two lives that knew all about hard graft.

The story ends with a poignant crescendo of dramatic climaxes as Pinter is showered with honours, even while he is fighting cancer over the last seven years of his life. Most notable was the Nobel Prize for Literature, but he was also made a CBE and a Companion of Honour to Her Majesty the Queen. This is Antonia's story and we learn how she coped realistically and responsably with what she termed "The Great Fear" that invaded her life. It is a heart-breaking tale.
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on 31 May 2015
The book is in fact, part of Antonia Fraser's diaries during their marriage. It is, of course, about Fraser and Pinter but ir is also a fascinating portrait from time to time of their interesting friends in the theatre, art and writer's world. Last but certainly not least, Fraser and Pinter come through as very special people indeed.
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on 9 January 2016
good customer service. good product
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on 23 June 2015
A delightful read written with great tenderness.
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on 11 February 2016
I felt that the book was written giving just enough away of themselves to make it readable/commderial but I did not feel that I knew either of them any better at the end of the book. Not her best.
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on 16 January 2013
I've always been interested in the plays of Harold Pinter so was hoping to get more insight into his character through
reading this. Very much a 'diary' style of writing but I didn'ty find it very illuminating . Having said that, I hadn't realised
that he had written so much poetry, some of which I found very moving.
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on 29 November 2017
Wonderful story, so well written
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on 9 January 2016
enjoyed it
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on 12 April 2015
enjoyed this at frostbit less so as it went on, just not interested enough in Pinter i suspect
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on 24 October 2015
frank and interesting
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