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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Country Life – review of The Mad Boy

“If the Berners story has been well told before… its sequel is all Sofka’s: an affecting account of how Faringdon’s improbable new chatelaine laboured to unravel the truth about her very troubled grandmother”   Country Life James Fergusson

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Hungerford Book Shop at the Bear Hotel – talk and book-signing. 7.30, Tuesday November 25th 2014

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me: Sofka Zinovieff – talk and book signing on Nov 25th Tuesday November 25th 7.30pm in The Bear Hotel (Riverside Suite), Hungerford. Bear Hotel, Charnham Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EL Telephone: 01488 682512 Email: Tickets £5. Bar available. Read The Rest →

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The TLS – review of The Mad Boy

The TLS (the Times literary supplement) 24.10.14 Richard Davenport – Hines   “A book of rare pleasure. It stands at the top of its genre.”

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The Telegraph Magazine The granddaughter of Robert Heber-Percy recalls the day she was left Lord Berner’s grand estate