Sunday, 21 November 2010

Must you go?

I read an excerpt from Must You Go?,Antonia Fraser's book about her and Harold Pinter's love affair and subsequent marriage of over 30 years, back in the summer. It was excerpted in US Vogue, and I read it up greedily in a sweltering hot room in the apartment I was staying in, in Park Slope. I've been meaning to buy the book ever since and finally got around to it today, from a cosy little bookshop in Notting Hill called Lutyens & Rubinstein. (They give gorgeous tote bags away with their books, so stop in if you're passing by!)

The book is a heart-swellingly glorious romantic read, about how they met and fell in love. Have you read it? I can't put it down. I've been meaning to do a post about what I've been up to since I last blogged (over a week ago!) but it's now late on Sunday and I need to carry on reading. In the bath. I'll be back tomorrow with the catch-up post! I hope you've all had a good weekend!


  1. I heard it read outloud on BBC4 a while ago and, to be honest, it put me off. Fraser's tone was so smug and boastful when she was talking about much of an influence she was in Pinter's life and how she was his 'rock.' It just seemed too self-indulgent and self-congratulory to me. I wonder if it is different to read someone recount something in print that hear them say it outloud. I think I am probably more tolerant of boasting in print than I am when someone is speaking. I am not sure why.

    I loved to hear you mention Park Slope. We used to live there and it is my favourite place in the world. If I won lotto that is the place I would choose. Gorilla Coffee, BlueSky muffins, and all the wonderful restaurants. And the park. Ah, the park. I still miss it.

  2. Haven't read it... sounds like the kind of thing that might make me cry!

  3. Yes I have read this and it's wonderful isn't it- I think I got it for my birthday in fact. Theirs is exactly the kind of love I would like to find- a meeting of minds and hearts.

  4. Sounds fantastic, I will add to my list.