The American-Scottish Foundation is looking forward to welcoming celebrated author Sarah Fraser to Tartan Week 2018 as part of her Spring 2018 US Book Tour.
Sarah Fraser is married to a Lovat Fraser, the son of heroic World War II Commando Shimi, Lord Lovat. With a doctoral thesis on obscene Gaelic poetry, Sarah has contributed to TV and radio programmes on Gaelic issues, the clans and British history. Sarah has four children and she and her husband live both in the Highlands and London.
Sarah will undertake two talks in New York over Tartan Week
On Friday April 6th – Join us for ‘Tea with A Highlander’ at the 3 West Club, as Sarah_fraseruk, shares insights and background around her first book – ‘The Last Highlander’, as well as speaking of ‘The Prince who Would be King’, her latest book available in the US at the end of March.
Fraser talk and book signing will conclude with a Wine & Cheese toast hosted by Scottish Clans & Castles. Tickets from $45 Reservation details HERE
‘The Last Highlander’ was awarded the Scottish Saltire First Book of the Year award,, and in 2016 became a The New York Times ebook bestseller. It is now the subject of a documentary, available on Dan Snow’s History Hit TV
Both book and film dramatically recreate the story of Lord Lovat, last of the great Scottish- Celtic Highland chiefs. Between 1670 and 1747, Lovat lived in tumultuous times and met a bloody end on the scaffold, beheaded for his part in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rebellion. He has had a lively afterlife as grandfather of Jamie Fraser, the hero of Diana Gabaldon’s hit series, Outlander. But truth is as strange as fiction, as Sarah will show in her talk about the life and afterlife of this great old style Fraser clan chief. Diana Gabaldon called The last Highlander ‘a great book.’
On Monday April 9th, The American-Scottish Foundation and Royal Oak Foundation host a second talk and book signing at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, focused on Sarah Fraser’s latest book ‘The Prince who Would be King”. Tickets from $35 Reservation details HERE
The Prince Who Would be King : The Royal Stuarts ruled Scotland from 1371, before they came to England. Joining the thrones of Elizabeth I to Scotland, in 1603, they united the Crowns and gave birth to Britain. In her acclaimed book, The Prince who would be King, Sarah Fraser shows how Crown Prince Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales came to be seen as the stellar Stuart, who would break the royal mould. Born at Stirling Castle, Scotland in 1594, he died in agony at St James’s Palace, London in 1612.
His life spans an extraordinary period in history – the Union of Crowns , the gunpowder Plot, the run up to the longest, bloodiest European war until World War I, the founding of British America and the beginning of a world class Royal Art Collection of books, paintings, coins, jewels, armour and gorgeous palaces. Henry came to be seen as the epitome of a renaissance prince – ambitious, talented, and frightening. His ambition seemed to have no bounds.
Acclaimed for its dramatic recreation of a life cut short, the book is now the subject of a BBC documentary, The Best King we Never Had. In her talk Sarah will bring Henry, his Court and his era to sparkling life.