Our Israeli Diary

Pages: 176
Subject: Biography, History
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: 8-page colour plate section

Our Israeli Diary

Of That Time, Of That Place

Antonia Fraser

Lost for nearly forty years, this rediscovered diary offers rare, touching insights into the lives of two of our most-loved literary figures, and a first-hand observation of Israel thirty years from its founding
9781786071538 (5 Jan 2017)
RRP £9.99

The Book

Harold has concentrated his shopping for the trip on shoes… Our feet seem to have been much on our minds. I think we both believe we shall tramp through a great deal of history.

In May 1978, the award-winning biographer Antonia Fraser and celebrated playwright Harold Pinter boarded a flight destined for Tel Aviv. Despite a number of previous invitations, it was to be the first time either of them had travelled to Israel. Over the two weeks that follow, the tensions of the period are painfully visible, the story of the country is heard through some of its most historically significant sites and touching insights into Fraser and Pinter's relationship reveal themselves. There are also intriguing hints as to Pinter's feelings upon finally visiting the place that has become home to his Jewish heritage.

As they move from Jerusalem to Masada to Bethlehem, they break bread and debate the state of Israel with everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Shimon Peres. Charmingly narrated, embroidered by effervescent flourishes and wonderfully British notes of humour, Our Israeli Diary is a unique picture of a time, a place and two of our most-loved literary stars. 

Additional Information

Subject Biography, History
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations 8-page colour plate section

About the Author

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed, internationally bestselling works of historical non-fiction. She has received many awards for her writing, including the Wolfson History Prize, the Norton Medlicott Medal of the Historical Association and the James Tait Black Prize for Biography. In 2011 she was made a DBE for services to literature. She lives in London.


‘A compelling and moving history of a long, passionate relationship.'

- Katie Owen, Sunday Times, on Must You Go?

‘With exemplary clarity and courage...Fraser keeps her gaze steady and her heart open.' 

- Boyd Tonkin, Independent, on Must You Go?