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 →

Bath Literature Festival – with Mary Portas and Viv Groskop

Saturday 7th March in the Writers’ Room   Sofka Zinovieff – “The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me” March 7, 2015 In the Salon at the Guildhall, filled to capacity, George Miller, Editorial Director of Granta from 2002 to 2007, interviews Sofka Zinovieff about her latest book, “The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me.” It’s a glorious read, rich in quirky detail, peopled with the many unconventional characters who gathered around Lord Berners, one of England’s quintessential eccentrics of the mid-twentieth century. An avant-garde composer, novelist,... Read The Rest →

Bath Literature Festival

5-6 pm, Friday 6th March Speaking about The Mad Boy “The extraordinary story of a madly eccentric set and the house they lived in. Sofka Zinovieff’s memoir The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me describes a vanishing world of fading 20th century English bohemian aristocracy.” At the Guildhall Tickets £8 (£7) Booking at Festival Website: For nine days this historic city is transformed into a book-lover’s paradise with over 120 literary events on offer. The programme is an eclectic and inspirational mixture of talks, debates and workshops, featuring... Read The Rest →

Words by the Water Literary Festival, Cumbria

“Dalmatians Wore Pearls”     12.15 Wednesday 11th March 2015 Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria is the centre for this exciting literature festival organised by Ways With Words. For 10 days (from 6 – 15 March 2015) writers and readers get together to share the pleasure of books, words and ideas. Theatre by the Lake, sited right on the edge of Derwentwater, is a striking venue for a full programme of literary events. There are talks, lectures, discussions, workshops, book launches and special exhibitions. President: Melvyn Bragg Dates: 6-15 March... Read The Rest →

Hungerford Book Shop at the Bear Hotel – talk and book-signing. 7.30, Tuesday November 25th 2014

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me: Sofka Zinovieff – talk and book signing on Nov 25th Tuesday November 25th 7.30pm in The Bear Hotel (Riverside Suite), Hungerford. Bear Hotel, Charnham Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EL Telephone: 01488 682512 Email: Tickets £5. Bar available.       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 jokes, a flock of multi-coloured doves – and his homosexuality. Before the war he made Faringdon an aesthete’s... Read The Rest →

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 author, will be joining us in the Corn Exchange to talk about her new book, followed by a question and answer session £2 Entrance Purchase your tickets from Faringdon Community and Tourist Information Centre Tel. 01367 242 191 All proceeds will go to the Folly Trust  

Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival

Tuesday October 28th, 2 pm If you have visited Faringdon Folly and enjoyed the four-and-twenty blackbirds and their pie nestled in the trees, you must come to this talk by the grand-daughter of Robert Heber Percy, the eponymous  Mad Boy, and long-time companion of eccentric Lord Berners. The two were irrepressible enough, indulging in exquisite food and practical jokes and cavorting with the likes of Salvador Dali and Siegfried Sassoon, without Heber Percy introducing Zinovieff’s grandmother, a pregnant Jennifer Fry into the household to create a notorious ménage à trois,... Read The Rest →

Cheltenham Literature Festival

TUE 7 OCT 2014 8:00PM – 9:00PM   INSPIRATIONAL HOUSES THE STUDIO, IMPERIAL SQUARE Châtelaine of Burnt Norton, the house that inspired the first of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets,Caroline Sandon (Burnt Norton) and Sofka Zinovieff (The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me) who inherited Faringdon House, the former home of Lord Berners, reflect on the extraordinary history of these two great houses and the artistic works they’ve inspired. QUICKFIND L169 £6 – MEMBERS 10% OFF For more information:

The Telegraph: Books about Greece

Eurydice Street “remains the best account of today’s Greece, with sharp insights into nationalism, terrorism and the Orthodox church.”   Books about Greece: holiday reading guide Recommended reading for visitors to Greece, compiled by Michael Kerr Sunbathing in Greece Photo: GETTY By Michael Kerr 8:00AM BST 17 Jul 2014 Newer offerings A single-volume primer? Try A Concise History of Greece by Richard Clogg (Cambridge University Press), which was as up to date as he could make it when revised for late 2013. Contrarians will enjoy David Brewer’s Greece, The Hidden Centuries: Turkish Rule from the Fall... Read The Rest →

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