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 / US$16.99

The Book

In May 1978 Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser visited Israel at the time of the 30th Anniversary of Independence. It was three years after they first lived together; neither had set foot in Israel before. Based in Jerusalem, they toured many of the country’s historic sites: from Bethlehem to the fortress of Masada, encountering future Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek, Jackie Kennedy and a long-lost cousin of Harold’s on a kibbutz. It was a trip during which Pinter’s feelings about his heritage emerged for the first time. As he said himself: ‘For the first time I feel Jewish’.

This diary was kept daily by Antonia Fraser: the vivid narrative and descriptions (Antonia swimming in the Dead Sea while Harold had a beer) are leavened with humour, occasionally wry where Harold’s quirks were concerned, and always tender. Above all, it is a unique picture of a time and place – and a touching insight into fifteen days in the lives of two writers, one Jewish, one Catholic, one a playwright and one a biographer, who were also a devoted couple.

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?