5 November 2005 is the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot Antonia Fraser is one of the world's best known historians and was made CBE in 1999 Antonia Fraser will be taking part in a BBC documentary and giving several high-profile lectures at the time of publication To be reissued in brand new packaging Film rights to Marie Antoinette have been sold to Sofia Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford Coppola Antonia Fraser's books have won many awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Wolfson Award for History Winner of the Crime Writers' Gold Dagger Award for Non-fiction
Since 1969, Antonia Fraser has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers, including Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots (James Tait Black Memorial Prize), Cromwell: Our Chief of Men, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 (St Louis Literary Award; CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger). Antonia Fraser was made CBE in 1999, and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000. She is married to the playwright Harold Pinter and lives in London.
History as it should be written -- Roy Strong Eloquent and moving -- Jonathan Clark * The Times * An awe-inspiring tale ... It makes superb armchair entertainment -- Paul Johnson * Daily Express * Fraser's meticulously researched book is an excellent read ... Antonia Fraser has shed much light on one of the most controversial episodes in English history -- Martin Jacques * Observer * It has a fine narrative flow, for Antonia Fraser recognises that history is essentially a story, and a gripping one at that. She writes with verve and imagination -- Kenneth Baker * Daily Telegraph * Every few years a work of history appears that succeeds in connecting its subject to the deeper questions troubling modern society. This is one such book -- Amanda Foreman * Independent * Told with impressive scholarship and panache. The result is a narrative that is clear, balanced, and builds to its denouement with a sense of pace and tension worthy of a John le Carre novel -- John Adamson * Sunday Telegraph * Antonia Fraser has written an excellent book which unravels the whole story of the plot, exploring the background, keeping close to the evidence, and, above all, bringing the characters to life ... a judicious and very readable account -- Hugh Trevor-Roper * Literary Review *