Sofka Zinovieff's latest book is The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother And Me.


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Sofka Zinovieff was born in London, has Russian ancestry and has lived in Greece for many years. Her latest book is a highly personal family memoir, which traces the lives of her grandfather, the Mad Boy, and his relationship with the eccentric composer, painter and writer, Lord Berners. And how her grandmother and then she herself became part of the story…


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Boston Globe review of The Mad Boy

Boston Globe 28.03.15 Matthew Price   It’s hardly the grandest of English country estates — compared with Highclere Castle, which plays Downton Abbey on TV, it’s really rather tiny — but in the ’30s and ’40s, Faringdon House was the place... Read The Rest →

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Washington Post reviews The Mad Boy

For those in need of a “Downton Abbey” fix, Sofka Zinovieff’s “The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me” (Harper, $35) delivers an entertaining dose of British country life and high-style scandal. Zinovieff’s grandfather was the dashing Robert Heber-Percy, who... Read The Rest →

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The Economist – Review of The Mad Boy

The Economist 21.03.15   SOFKA ZINOVIEFF has form as a cultural explorer. She studied anthropology and did research in Greece, a country where she later settled and described insightfully and at times lyrically, both in fiction and memoir. In another work,... Read The Rest →

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