Since 1969 Antonia Fraser has written nine acclaimed historical works which have been international best-sellers including Mary Queen of Scots (1969); Charles II (1979); The Warrior Queens (1988); The Gunpowder Plot (1996) and Love and Louis XIV (2006).
Antonia Fraser has also written eight crime novels and two books of short stories featuring Jemima Shore Investigator. 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.
Antonia Fraser is the eldest child of the Labour politician and prison reformer Lord Longford and the historical biographer Elizabeth Longford. She has six children by her first marriage to Sir Hugh Fraser MP and eighteen grandchildren. She has published two volumes of memoirs: Must You Go?, celebrating her life with Harold Pinter and My History: a Memoir of Growing Up.