While at St Paul’s Girls’ School, London, and at Wadham College, Oxford, where she read Greats (1977 – 81), Flora Fraser worked as a researcher to a number of writers. She has been a professional writer herself ever since leaving Oxford.
Her early books number: a romantic thriller, DOUBLE PORTRAIT, in a series called Nightshades: The Darker Side of Love (1983); MAUD: THE DIARIES OF MAUD BERKELEY (1985); an illustrated HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH GENTLEWOMAN (1987); and a classical novel, TAMGAR (1990).
Flora is the author of four historical biographies. They are BELOVED EMMA: THE LIFE OF EMMA, LADY HAMILTON (1986), THE UNRULY QUEEN: THE LIFE OF QUEEN CAROLINE (1996), PRINCESSES: THE DAUGHTERS OF GEORGE III (2004), and PAULINE BONAPARTE: VENUS OF EMPIRE (2009).
Flora’s latest book, GEORGE & MARTHA WASHINGTON: A REVOLUTIONARY MARRIAGE was published by Bloomsbury in November last year. The US edition, titled THE WASHINGTONS: GEORGE AND MARTHA, “JOIN’D BY FRIENDSHIP, CROWN’D BY LOVE” was published by Knopf and won the prestigious George Washington prize 2016. She is currently working on a new biography of Flora MacDonald which will be published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Knopf in the US.
Flora was a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery (1999 – 2008). She also served for three years as a member of the Friends of the National Libraries Executive Committee (1999 – 2002), and was a Costa Literary Awards judge in 2011. Since 2011 she has been a member of Wadham Development Council, Oxford.
In 2003 she co-founded, with Peter Soros, the Elizabeth Longford Prize and Grants for Historical Biography in affectionate memory of her grandmother, the noted biographer.
Since 2005 Flora has been a member of The Literary Society, founded 1807.
She is, newly, a Patron of freeopenairtheatre.org and is a member of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History judging committee for the second year running.
Flora lives in London but enjoys adventuring in America, the Mediterranean and China.