Gransnet Best Summer Reads 2018 Putney – Sofka Zinovieff (Bloomsbury Circus – £14.99) From the moment Ralph meets nine-year-old Daphne – dark, teasing, slippery as mercury – he is consumed by an obsession to make her his. But he is twenty-five and Daphne is only a child, and even in the bohemian abandon of 1970s London their fast-burgeoning relationship must be kept a secret. It is not until years later that Daphne is forced to confront the truth of her own childhood – and an act of violence that... Read The Rest →

Lunches LIVE: at the Bloomsbury Institute

Sofka Zinovieff at the Bloomsbury Institute Monday, July 9th from 1pm (GMT) | Watch it live via Bloomsbury’s Facebook Page Watch live as Sofka Zinovieff joins us at Bloomsbury HQ for an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with her editor  and before Bloomsbury staff about the writing, research and imagination that went into creating her bold and thought-provoking novel, Putney.   Register here for reminders >>     “The ultimate taboo brought to life in a way that’s thrillingly disturbing and evocative. I couldn’t leave it” – Mary Portas   “I read... Read The Rest →

Garden Museum Literary Festival 2018

Delighted to be speaking at the inaugural Literary Festival of London’s wonderful Garden Museum. Sunday 8th July 2018. It may sound unlikely, but I’ll discuss gardens I’ve written about in Greece, Russia, Oxfordshire and #PUTNEY Literary Festival Spotlight: Sofka Zinovieff

The Bookseller: Bloomsbury signs ‘modern-day Lolita’

Published October 6, 2017 by Natasha Onwuemezi   Bloomsbury has acquired Putney, a new novel by Sofka Zinovieff described as a “modern-day Lolita”. Alexandra Pringle, global group editor-in-chief bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in Putney from Caroline Dawnay at United Agents. It has also been sold to Jonathan Burnham at HarperCollins in the US and Lynn Henry at Knopf, Canada.   Putney is an “enthralling” novel about a bohemian family in 1970s London and the consequences of a taboo relationship.   Pringle said: “Not since Lolita and The Constant Nymph have I read a story that is as... Read The Rest →

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

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 and the general public from 3rd August 2015 Friends are entitled to 10% discount on ticket prices. Rye Arts Festival takes place every September in and around the picturesque, historic town of Rye in East Sussex. The Festival attracts a stimulating array of authors, performers and artists both high profile... Read The Rest →

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 enjoy an evening of pure Vout-O-Reenee’s indulgence as we listen open mouthed about Lord Berners unusual set   up, out doing the most bohemian of bohemians. Sofka has rightly so had outrageously brilliant reviews for her family   autobiography and it’s hitting big in NYC. Hear it straight from the... Read The Rest →

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 Book Review:   Sofka Zinovieff’s grandmother was a White Russian aristocrat in flight from the political upheavals of the 20th century. Like many exiles for whom tomorrow is a hostile land, the eponymous Red Princess – also known as Sofka – lived life with the gusto of the desperado.... Read The Rest →

Words by the Water

I had a wonderful time in the Lake District. Thanks to everyone at the Theatre by the Lake. Check out their website:      

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