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 Mad Boy in paperback, from Vintage. Out 3 November 2016

Due for release 3rd November 2016 Vintage Published 3rd November 2016 448 Pages Penguin Random House Company. © 1995 – 2016 Penguin Books Ltd. Registered number: 861590 England. Registered office: 80 Strand, London, WC2R ORL UK. Read more at

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Telegraph’s 12 Best Books about Greece

“Despite momentous changes recently, Sofka Zinovieff’s Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens (Granta), published in 2004, remains the best account of today’s Greece, with sharp insights into nationalism, terrorism and the Orthodox church.”   Michael Kerr, travel writer  25 JULY 2016   Newer offerings... Read The Rest →

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“Something to fill the Downton Abbey gap”

The Sunday Telegraph November 22 2015 Alan Titchmarsh: I have found something to fill the Downton Abbey gap LORD BERNERS CREDIT: REX     With Downton Abbey to make just one final appearance atChristmas, a chap must look elsewhere for his early 20th-century fix. I have... Read The Rest →

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Rye Arts Festival

    The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me Talk and book Signing September 25th 15:00 Venue:Rye Arts Festival Address: Lamb House Marquee, West Street, Rye TN31 7ES Ticket Price £12 Tickets will be available to Friends from 20th July 2015... Read The Rest →

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Vout-O-Reenee’s, London

7 pm, Thursday 28th May 2015 Vout-O-Reenee’s art club 30 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB   Mad About The Boy – Sofka Zinovieff on the naughty Lord Berners Set     Entrance: £5.00 Members Free         Come and... Read The Rest →