My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Death or Glory
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. In this world, nothing can be perfect; but I'd settle for a family picnic at Calke Abbey, a good day in the Rare Books Room at the University Library, or riding my favourite horse up the meadow and looking down to see the clouds sweep across the valley where my husband is watching cricket on the village green.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I never got to know my grandparents. My father's parents died in the flu epidemic of 1918, and my mother's parents were a long way off in Wales
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. It's more than one person; elements in the character of Siegfried Sassoon, Vita Sackville-West and the French writer Colette all strike a chord with me.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Former intelligence supremo Dame Stella Rimington