Writing Career

Flora Fraser

CURRENTLY

Flora is at work on two book projects for Knopf, US, and Bloomsbury, UK: In Search of Flora, a life of the Scottish heroine, Flora Macdonald, who was later caught up in the American Revolution; and a future life of Lord Nelson on shore and at sea.

Her long time editor, Robert Gottlieb, has said, “Like her mother (and her grandmother Elizabeth Longford, with whom I also worked), Flora is an indefatigable worker, and chapters flash back and forth between us. Then comes the fun of illustrations!”

Flora was appointed the Mount Vernon Georgian Papers Fellow for 2017, and undertook research among those Papers in the Royal Archives and in the US for her current book projects.

She is now a member of the Georgian Papers Programme Academic Steering Committee, and an active member of the King’s Friends network. This is an international and free-to-join community for all those interested in the Georgian Papers Programme.

King’s College, London, honoured Flora in 2019 with a Doctorate of Letters, honoris causa.

Flora was also elected, in 2020, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

PREVIOUS BOOKS

Flora’s latest book was published in November 2015 in the United States as The Washingtons: George and Martha: ‘Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love’ (Knopf) and, in the UK, as George & Martha Washington: A Revolutionary Marriage (Bloomsbury). It’s now available as a paperback in the UK and USA.

Flora was the winner of the George Washington Book Prize 2016 in the US for ‘The Washingtons’. She was also longlisted for the Library of Virginia Non-Fiction 2016 Prize.

Flora has also published the following historical biographies:

  • Venus of Empire: The Life of Pauline Bonaparte (Knopf, US; John Murray, UK, 2009)
  • Princesses: The Daughters of George III (Knopf, US; John Murray, 2004)
  • The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline (Knopf, US; Macmillan, 1996)
  • Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton (Knopf, US; Weidenfeld, 1986)

OTHER BOOKS

  • Tamgar (Weidenfeld, 1990)
  • The English Gentlewoman (Barrie & Jenkins, 1987)
  • Maud: The Diaries of Maud Berkeley, adapted by Flora Fraser (Secker & Warburg, 1985)
  • Double Portrait (Fontana, 1983)

CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Love in a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford. With an Introduction by Flora Fraser (Vintage, US, 2011)
  • Ann Veronica, by H.G. Wells. With an Introduction by Flora Fraser (Orion, UK, 2011)
  • The Enchantress, Emma, Lady Hamilton: The Jean Kislak Collection, ed. Arthur
  • Dunkelman (Grolier, US, 2011)
  • The Wisdom of George III, ed. Jonathan Marsden (Royal Collection, 2006)
  • The Nelson Companion, ed. Colin White (Sutton, 1995)
  • Winning Tales from Scottish Houses (Canongate, 1986)

APPRENTICESHIP

Flora Fraser grew up in London and Scotland, and studied classics at Oxford University before becoming a professional writer. During her teens and twenties Flora was employed as a researcher by a number of authors including Michael Grant, and her grandmother Elizabeth Longford and mother, Antonia Fraser, both historical biographers. This apprenticeship included richly rewarding work on Eminent Victorian Women (Weidenfeld, 1981) by her grandmother and, by her mother, Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology (Canongate, 1975) and The Weaker Vessel: Woman’s Lot in 17th Century England (Weidenfeld, UK, 1984).

FURTHER

Flora served, as a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery from 1999, for ten years.

She co-founded, with Peter Soros, in 2002 the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, commemorating her grandmother, which she chairs.

Flora has been, since 2011, on the Wadham College Development Council.

Since 2014, she has also been a judge for the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History at the New-York Historical Society, formerly the Guggenheim Lehrman Prize in Military History.

Flora lives in London, is a member of the Athenaeum Club, and enjoys reading, and swimming in Greece.