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 Spectator on The Mad Boy

The Spectator 18.10.14 Mirabel Cecil

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The Guardian review of The Mad Boy

The Guardian 9.10.14 Dinah Birch Stravinsky once described Lord Berners as the best British composer of his generation. That has never been a widely shared view. Berners’s output was modest, amounting to only 30 pieces, and few would compare it with... Read The Rest →

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Sunday Times on Mad Boy

The Sunday Times 5.10.14 Daisy Goodwin

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Book presentation at the Faringdon Corn Exchange

Saturday 18th October, 7.30 pm   Book Launch: The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me Sofka Zinovieff The Corn Exchange 18th October 2014 at 7.30pm The scandalous and eccentric lives of the cultured elite, and the enchanted house they lived in. Sofka Zinovieff, the... Read The Rest →