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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antonia Fraser Narrator: Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Celebrated playwright Harold Pinter and critically acclaimed biographer Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death 33 years later, on Christmas Eve 2008.

Must You Go? is an eccentric, hilarious, and often moving testimony of their life together, based partly on Antonia Fraser's own diaries and also her own recollections of their fascinating life together. It is, above all, a compelling love story.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen Pullen | 2/16/2014

    " Fraser is a wonderful biographer of historical figures, mostly women.This book is a memoir of her own life with Pinter, a Nobel-prize-winning author and playwright. It's based on her diaries and remembrances. I found it fascinating as a look into the personal lives of these two very influential and reputable writers, and the literary world they were immersed in. To be honest, only four stars because it felt a bit thin, as diaries are, telling of events -- we went here, we saw so-and-so, my feet hurt, etc. But their lives were inherently interesting it makes a good read, and you'll know much more about them when you finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine Rebbert | 2/15/2014

    " I wasn't sure at first if I was going to get through this. I know who "Lady" Antonia Fraser is; I have a lot of her books, although I don't believe I've actually read any of them. I also know who Harold Pinter is and that he was a genius, etc., etc., but never "looked into him" beyond the barest essentials. So I "knew" both people involved in this chronological telling of their lives together as culled from Fraser's journals from 1975 to 2009, but didn't have a lot of detail. At first, their getting together while both were still "happily married" seemed totally out of left field and irresponsible (she with 6 kids!). And the early going in the book was too much of "Today I had dinner with so-and-so" or "went to the races with some other so-and-so". But things started to get more personal and very very honest. I was already divorced once myself by 1975, so could relate to some of the stuff in that sense, and there also started to be more people I knew of and various historical happenings (they supported Obama! they knew the President of the Czech Republic before he WAS the President; back then, he was a poet), and I felt more and more like an "insider" -- maybe even a friend. And found out a lot I didn't know, like Fraser had written the biography of Marie Antoinette which inspired Sophia Coppola's film about Marie Antoinette. As to Pinter, I'd known the names of some of his plays but hadn't realized he was also a screenwriter of many movies that I WAS familiar with. In fact, I'm TIVO-ing a movie starring Jeremy Irons (a long-time fave!) based on one of his plays tonight -- "The Betrayal", which I believe is actually about Fraser and his relationship. Just a lot of things clicked with other things I'd seen or heard of lately -- like, the President of Czech Republic thing -- I'd just a week or so before watched a TV program about the importance of the Castle in Prague to the Czech people and how the people had fought to get Vaclav Havel in that castle, etc. So anyway, enough for now -- but I would recommend it if you have any interest in writers or European history or "forbidden romance" or any number of topics... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/12/2014

    " Wonderful anecdotes from the life Fraser led with Harold Pinter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shirley | 2/8/2014

    " The first half of the book is almost total journal entries and with some very obscure references unless you are an erudite of London. However, the heartwarming stories of the love and connection, as well as respect and devotion of these two make for a grand story. The final third of the book is heartrending and offers the kindest of views into the role of duty and love in caring for a terminally ill spouse. "

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