Lady Antonia Fraser included in New Year Honours
31st December 2010
Historian, biographer and novelist Lady Antonia Fraser has been included on the New Year Honours List 2011.
Lady Antonia, the widow of playwright Harold Pinter and recipient of a CBE in 1999, has been granted a damehood for her services to literature.
The 78-year-old, whose most recent book Must You Go? examined her relationship with Pinter, told the Daily Telegraph that she was 'very pleased and very, very surprised' to be given her DBE.
She also wished Pinter was still alive so he could see her receive the title, telling the newspaper: 'Everybody who has an honour or an achievement, when the person they love is not there to witness it, will have the same reaction.'
Lady Antonia's biography books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605 and Mary Queen of Scots.
The New Year Honours List 2011 includes a number of luminaries from the worlds of arts and media. CBEs have been awarded to artist Steve McQueen, sculptor Richard Wentworth and Mark Damazar, lately controller of BBC Radio 4.