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. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Former intelligence supremo Dame Stella Rimington
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would tell Anne Boleyn that her daughter turned out very well, all things considered.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Lapses of self confidence