International bestselling author to attend literary festival

Posted by er134 at Nov 14, 2013 10:07 AM |
University of Leicester welcomes Antonia Fraser to sixth annual Literary Leicester festival on 15 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 November 2013

The multi-award winning author Antonia Fraser will be meeting with enthusiastic fans and discussing her new book, Perilous Questions, during the sixth annual Literary Leicester festival on Friday 15 November at 7:30pm.

‘A Conversation with Antonia Fraser’ will see Antonia take to the stage to discuss her influential body of work, including her most recent book Perilous Question (2013), an exploration into the Great Reform Bill of 1832.

The time-span of the book is from the Duke of Wellington's intractable declaration in November 1830 that 'the beginning of reform is the beginning of revolution', to 7 June 1832, the date of the extremely reluctant royal assent by William IV to the Great Reform Bill, under the double threat of the creation of 60 new peers in the House of Lords and the threat of revolution throughout the country. These events led to a total change in the way Britain was governed; a two-year revolution that Antonia brings to vivid dramatic life.

Since 1969, Antonia Fraser has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers, including: Marie Antoinette, which won the Franco-British Literary Prize 2001; Mary Queen of Scots, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605, which won the St Louis Literary Award and the CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger.

She was married to Harold Pinter, the famous playwright, best known for his works such as The Birthday Party (1957) and The Homecoming (1964), until his death in 2008. In 2011, she was made Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to literature.

Dr James Moore from the School of History at the University of Leicester will be chairing the event. He said: “The University of Leicester is delighted to welcome Antonia Fraser to the University of Leicester and the Leicester Literary festival.

“Antonia is one of Britain’s most successful authors of the last half-century and continues to produce some of the most engaging historical work available. We are all extremely excited to listen to her speak – this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people in attendance.”

The event is taking place in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing on Friday 15 November at 7:30pm.

You can reserve free tickets by visiting the Embrace Arts website or by emailing

Alternatively, tickets can be picked up at Embrace Arts on Lancaster Road. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 9.15am-6.00pm.


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