Flora Fraser (writer)

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Flora Fraser Soros (born 30 October 1958) is an English writer of historical biographies.

Family[edit]

She is the daughter of historian and historical biographer Lady Antonia Fraser and the late Sir Hugh Fraser, a British Conservative politician. Her mother was of English descent while her father was Scottish. Her stepfather was the playwright Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, her mother's second husband until his death in 2008. Her maternal grandparents were the late Elizabeth Longford, also an eminent biographer, and the late Lord Longford, a well-known politician, social reformer, and author.

She was named for the Scottish Jacobite Flora MacDonald. Using her maiden name Flora Fraser, she has written biographies of Emma Hamilton, Caroline of Brunswick, the daughters of George III, and Pauline Bonaparte.

Education[edit]

Fraser attended Holland Park School[1] for one year before joining her elder sister Rebecca at St Paul's Girls' School.

Personal life[edit]

When she was 21, Fraser married Robert Powell-Jones with whom she had a daughter. Powell-Jones died of a heart attack in 1998, aged 44.[2] She later married Peter Soros, a nephew of American currency speculator and philanthropist George Soros, with whom she has two children. Fraser and Soros separated in 2009.[3] Fraser currently lives in London.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benn, Melissa (25 August 2007). "Allen Clarke". The Guardian - Obituary. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Author Spotlight: Flora Fraser" (Web). Random House. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  3. ^ Kay, Richard (16 November 2009). "Soros scion and Fraser's girl split up". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 10 August 2010.