Antonia Fraser Quotes

 

We are privileged. There are poor people out there. We must to do something to make them privileged.

— Antonia Fraser

That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.

— Antonia Fraser

People in my books tend to get their just deserts, even if not at the hands of the police.

— Antonia Fraser

Normally I make myself swim, do exercises. For zest I like going to the cinema.

— Antonia Fraser

Ninety-seven is my lucky number.

— Antonia Fraser

My mother, who was quite sharp when I was young, became utterly mild.

— Antonia Fraser

My mother was a politician in my formative years.

— Antonia Fraser

My advantage as a woman and a human being has been in having a mother who believed strongly in women’s education. She was an early undergraduate at Oxford, and her own mother was a doctor.

— Antonia Fraser

Mary Queen of Scots was my first love, and that is always something special.

— Antonia Fraser

Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid.

— Antonia Fraser

King Charles II liked women’s company and well as making love to them.

— Antonia Fraser

It can be a long gap between the emergence of fully researched historical biographies.

— Antonia Fraser

If I write that it was a cold day, you can be sure I know it was a cold day because Pepys told us.

— Antonia Fraser

The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette’s childhood and on her family influences. It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!

— Antonia Fraser

The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.

— Antonia Fraser

I’m very interested in good and evil and the moral natures of people.

— Antonia Fraser

I’m glad I was never an heiress.

— Antonia Fraser

I think there has been a great deal of valuable revisionism in women’s history.

— Antonia Fraser

I think there’s a tremendous split between people who’ve been through a war and people who haven’t.

— Antonia Fraser

I think mine is the fullest and most plausible account of what went on in Marie Antoinette’s life.

— Antonia Fraser

I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.

— Antonia Fraser

I realize that I had always in my heart of hearts planned to write a biography of Marie Antoinette.

— Antonia Fraser

I have no plans for a future Jemima Shore mystery, but would write one tomorrow if a good idea came to me.

— Antonia Fraser

I hate the only one of my book jackets when I was made up professionally, my hair made into a smooth bell.

— Antonia Fraser

I don’t like it, but this afternoon I’ve told myself I am going to go and get a dress.

— Antonia Fraser

I can’t read historical fiction because I find the real thing so much more interesting.

— Antonia Fraser

I am re-reading Henry James as a change from history. I began with Daisy Miller, and I’ve just finished Washington Square. What a brilliant, painful book.

— Antonia Fraser

As long as you persecute people, you will actually throw up terrorism.

— Antonia Fraser

After Mary Queen of Scots, I turned to the farthest subject possible: Cromwell.

— Antonia Fraser

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