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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: June 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 christina | 1/31/2014

    " A great Vanity Fair article: not so much a whole book. The "meet cute" story referenced in the title was the best part. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori Ann | 1/20/2014

    " Please, please go. Life is too short for me to finish reading about the irresponsible, navel-gazing, drivel of these two. They just seem to live in some alternate universe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nette | 1/17/2014

    " I knew very little about these people (I picked up the book based on a good review), and I was put off by the beginning, where Harold and Antonia meet at a party and fall madly in love within about 14 seconds, despite their spouses and a combined total of seven children. But it became clear that the kids, who were always off at posh boarding schools, didn't give half a crap, and the spouses were, frankly, pretty lame, and so they lived happily and faithfully together for over 30 years. I enjoyed her diary entries, just the right combination of personal revelation, name-dropping, and snark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Flatley | 1/16/2014

    " An intimate, fascinating portrait of the life of two literary titans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/3/2014

    " Very interesting and a fun peek into the world of two world-class writers with a wonderful love story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 12/4/2013

    " While this book contained a good bit of sweet and lovely information, I felt that I had a hard time connecting with Antonia and her story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/15/2013

    " This is moving memoir of a truly wonderful relationship and the interesting lives of an British historian and her husband a famous humanitarian and playwright. I could not put it down and thoroughly enjoyed the journey of their life together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 6/16/2013

    " Fascinating, witty, insightful and only occasionally risible. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue | 5/17/2013

    " What an egomaniac. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Psirene | 1/19/2013

    " I never get to have lunch with A.S. Byatt or Claire Bloom or watch Jude Law swim while sitting by Edna O'Brian. But then again I am not Lady Antonia and my life has not been that exciting or passionate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Menozzi | 3/18/2012

    " What a love story! And fascinating to read how Pinter wrote his plays. Not the slave away every day kind of writer's life which is great! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kayleen | 10/31/2011

    " I only finished this book because I owe a review for the ARC. Ugh! 300+ pages of self-important boring diary entires and endless name dropping. I've never read any of her books before, and based on this, never will again! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merry | 9/6/2011

    " I just finished reading Antonia Fraser's unedited personal diary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 8/12/2011

    " My favorite kind of nonfiction - literary memoir that is mostly just gossip and name-dropping. But the love story, the most important part, really does shine through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merry | 6/18/2011

    " I just finished reading Antonia Fraser's unedited personal diary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/30/2011

    " 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 Mary | 4/21/2011

    " A fast and engrossing read---Fabulous people, interesting lives, fluidly recounted in journal form...who could ask for more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 4/20/2011

    " There's more to Lady Antonia than I had given her credit for. Lots of name-dropping, for sure, but also insights into a particular time. Certainly makes Pinter more accessible to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 4/15/2011

    " Chatty. Interesting to hear about their affair's befinning But the writing nothing to keep one's attn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 4/8/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I especially liked snippets of poetry and discussions of Pinter's writing habits. I may update this review when I have more time and have digested some of my memories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 4/4/2011

    " A glamorous life. Lots of big names, fun to read about. It's the biography of a marriage, really, of two intelligent people, passionate about each other. I don't know, other people's passions aren't my thing, but it was fun to read all the Big Names, and there were some good stories told. "

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About the Author
Author Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is the author of Mary Queen of Scots, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and Faith and Treason, among other novels. She is also famous for her Jemima Shore series of mysteries. She and her husband, Harold Pinter, live in London.