Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Awards for the Heroes of Literature and Journalism

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Awards for the Heroes of Literature and Journalism

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WRITER Lady Antonia Fraser, pictured left, has been made a dame for services to literature.

She was born into intellectual high society, one of eight children of campaigner and politician Lord Longford, and found herself at the centre of a scandal when her affair with playwright Harold Pinter was made public.

She recently published her account of her 34-year love affair with Pinter who died in 2008.

That book, Must You Go?, is the latest in a long line of bestsellers which started in 1969 with her biography of Mary, Queen of Scots and has included crime novels and short stories.

Her life of Marie Antoinette inspired the 2006 film made by Sofia Coppola. A spokeswoman for Lady Antonia said she was "very pleased and very surprised" at the award.

She remains the guardian of her late husband's reputation and earlier this year presented Pinter's Nobel Prize for literature, which he won in 2005, to the British Library.

VETERAN journalist Sandy Gall, pictured left, said he was "very honoured" after he was recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours list. …

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