Lady Antonia Fraser: A Little-Known Chapter in her Life with Harold Pinter
Chair: Michael Billington
This event took place on Sunday 5 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
In May 1978, the award-winning biographer Lady Antonia Fraser and celebrated playwright Harold Pinter boarded a flight destined for Tel Aviv. Antonia Fraser’s chronicle of their trip is now published for the first time.
As they move from Jerusalem to Masada to Bethlehem, they break bread and debate the state of Israel with everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Shimon Peres. Charmingly narrated, embroidered with effervescent flourishes and wonderfully British notes of humour, Our Israeli Diary: Of That Time, Of That Place is a unique picture of a time, a place and two of our foremost literary stars. In conversation with theatre critic and Pinter biographer, Michael Billington.
Lady Antonia Fraser has written nine acclaimed historical works, which have been international best-sellers. She has also written eight crime novels and two books of short stories featuring Jemima Shore Investigator; and she edits the Kings and Queens of England series for Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Among the many awards she has received are the Wolfson Award for History; the James Tait Black Prize for Biography; the Crimewriters’ Non-Fiction Gold Dagger; the Franco-British Society Literary Award, and the Norton Medlicott Medallion of the Historical Association. She was made DBE in 2011 for her services to literature.
Michael Billington began reviewing films, plays and television programmes for The Times in 1965. He has been the drama critic of the Guardian since 1971, is drama critic for Country Life, and has written frequently for The New York Times. The biographer of Harold Pinter, his latest book is 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity to Present.