Flora Fraser (writer)

Flora Elizabeth Fraser Soros (born 30 October 1958) is an English writer of historical biographies.

Flora Fraser
Flora Elizabeth Fraser

(1958-10-30) 30 October 1958 (age 62)
London, England
Other namesFlora Fraser Soros
EducationHolland Park School
Alma materWadham College, Oxford
Robert Powell-Jones
(m. 1980; died 1998)

Peter Soros
(m. 1997; sep. 2009)
Parent(s)Sir Hugh Fraser
Lady Antonia Pakenham


She is a daughter of historian and historical biographer Lady Antonia Fraser and Sir Hugh Fraser, a British Conservative politician. Her mother was of English descent while her father was Scottish. Her stepfather was the playwright Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, her mother's second husband until his death in 2008. Her maternal grandparents were Elizabeth Longford, also an eminent biographer, and Lord Longford, a well-known politician, social reformer, and author.

She was named for the Scottish Jacobite Flora MacDonald. Using her maiden name Flora Fraser, she has written biographies of Emma Hamilton, Caroline of Brunswick, the daughters of George III, and Pauline Bonaparte.


Fraser attended Holland Park School[1] for one year before joining her elder sister Rebecca at St Paul's Girls' School. She then read Classics at Wadham College, Oxford.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

When she was 21, Fraser married Robert Powell-Jones with whom she had a daughter. Powell-Jones died of a heart attack in 1998, aged 44.[3] She later married Peter Soros, a nephew of American currency speculator and philanthropist George Soros, with whom she has two children. Fraser and Soros separated in 2009.[citation needed] Fraser currently lives in London.

Published works[4]Edit

  • Beloved Emma: The Life of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1986)
  • The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline (1996)
  • Princesses: the Six Daughters of George III (2004)
  • Venus of Empire: The Life of Pauline Bonaparte (2009)
  • The Washingtons (2015)


  1. ^ Benn, Melissa (25 August 2007). "Allen Clarke". The Guardian - Obituary. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/news/2019/october/doctor-of-letters-for-wadham-alum
  3. ^ "Author Spotlight: Flora Fraser" (Web). Random House. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  4. ^ "Flora Fraser". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 2 April 2018.