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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“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 →

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New York Times Editors’ Choice

Recent Books of Particular Interest   May 1st 2015   SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW   Editors’ Choice   MAY 1, 2015 THE MAD BOY, LORD BERNERS, MY GRANDMOTHER AND ME: An Aristocratic Family, a High-Society Scandal and an Extraordinary Legacy, by Sofka Zinovieff. (Harper/HarperCollins,... Read The Rest →

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Cambridge Russian-speaking Society

“Red Princess” Book Presentation by Sofka Zinovieff, & “My Russian Roots & Childhood Memories” by Peter Zinovieff.”   Thursday, 4th June 2015, 7pm   Nihon Room, Pembroke College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge (tbc)   Entrance: £3; CamRuSS members free.   From The Guardian... Read The Rest →

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New York Times – Review of The Mad Boy

New York Times 26.04.15 Miranda Seymour   It isn’t every host who would rejoice over a guest who signed herself into his visitors’ book as a procureuse de luxe. But Lord Berners of Faringdon House was not any old... Read The Rest →