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Frances Stonor Saunders

b. 1966

Frances Stonor Saunders was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Frances Stonor Saunders is a journalist and historian. Her first book, Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War won the Royal Historical Society’s William Gladstone Memorial Prize, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and is now published in fifteen languages. Her second, Hawkwood: Diabolical Englishman, recounts the life of John Hawkwood, a condottiere of the fourteenth century. The Woman Who Shot Mussolini is a biography of Violet Gibson, the Anglo- Irish aristocrat who shot and wounded Mussolini. Frances is a former Arts Editor of the New Statesman.