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:      

Faringdon Library – Talking about the Mad Boy. Friday 13th March

A talk by Sofka Zinovieff on The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me More events More events for Faringdon Library Date Friday 13 Mar 2015 from 06:00pm to 07:00pm Venue Faringdon Library Gloucester Street SN7 7HY Price Free tickets available from Faringdon Library         A talk by Sofka Zinovieff on her book ‘The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me’ Heber-Percy was the writer Sofka Zinovieff’s maternal grandfather, and in her new book she tells the story of how she came to inherit Faringdon... Read The Rest →

The Last Tuesday Society, May 27 2015

  SOFKA ZINOVIEFF ON LORD BERNERS & SELINA HASTINGS ON THE RED EARL   Gallery could not load. DETAILS May 27th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, London 11 Mare Street, E84RP get directions £10 BUY TICKETS DESCRIPTION Sofka Zinovieff on her book – The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother & Me  Faringdon House in Oxfordshire was the home of Lord Berners, composer, writer, painter, friend of Stravinsky and Gertrude Stein, a man renowned for his eccentricity – masks, practical... Read The Rest →

Charleston Festival – in conversation with Selina Hastings and Juliet Nicolson

Sunday May 24th at 12pm MAY 24 2015 MY FAMILY AND OTHER ECCENTRICS Selina Hastings and Sofka Zinovieff with Juliet Nicolson 12.00pm Tickets £14 We cherish eccentrics, but what is it like if they are family members? Selina Hastings’ The Red Earl is a homage to her father, the 16th Earl of Huntingdon: an aristocrat who became a revolutionary, ran off to the South Pacific and worked as Diego Rivera’s assistant. Sofka Zinovieff’s The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me is an account of the scandal-filled lives of a group of 1930s aesthetes, who frequented... Read The Rest →

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