Antonia Fraser's memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of history. The fascination began as a child when her evacuation at the beginning of the war to an Elizabethan manor house became an inspiration for historical imaginings - and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes, 'for me, the study of History has always been an essential part of the enjoyment of life'.
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This was quite an interesting description of life in the fifties for the daughter of a noble and in many ways privileged (private schools, Oxford education, connections to influential people, presentation at court ) but relatively impoverished family.If you're interested in who met whom and descriptions of well-known people, it will probably appeal to you. But to me the most interesting aspect of biographies is the insight they provide into the psychology of the subject. How does the person's background/ upbringing affect their subsequent life? I was hoping to discover how the daughter of prominent Catholic and socialist parents, and a keen Catholic convert herself, came to marry a conservative MP,later divorce him after having a protracted extramarital affair with the non-catholic Harold Pinter and marry the latter.Surely this must have caused some tensions in the family. I realise the story is subtitled "A Memoir of Growing Up", so I couldn't really expect it to cover the author's adult life, but still, I think their could have been more allusion to how family values and relationships were to affect the future.
this book kept me interested from start to finish.This lady really does have alive of her subject.
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