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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The Good Book Guide

“It was a house to live in, not to rush out from all day to kill enemies and animals,” wrote Nancy Mitford of Faringdon House. Sofka Zinovieff inherited Faringdon from her grandfather ’the Mad Boy” of the title, Robert Heber-Percy, the... Read The Rest →

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The Spectator Books of the Year

Philip Henscher: “The books I liked best this year were all richly detailed. Why read a book unless it’s going to go into all the nooks and crannies: Everyone is going to recommend Sofka Zinovieff’s The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My... Read The Rest →

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Bath Literature Festival

5-6 pm, Friday 6th March Speaking about The Mad Boy “The extraordinary story of a madly eccentric set and the house they lived in. Sofka Zinovieff’s memoir The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me describes a vanishing world of... Read The Rest →

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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