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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 paradise, where exquisite food was served to many of the great minds, beauties and wits of the day. Since the early thirties his companion there was Robert Heber-Percy, twenty-eight years his junior, wildly physical, unscholarly, a hothead who rode naked through the grounds, loved cocktails and nightclubs, and was known to all as the Mad Boy. If the two men made an unlikely couple, at a time when homosexuality was illegal, the addition to the household in 1942 of a pregnant Jennifer Fry, a high society girl known to be 'fast', as Robert's wife was simply astounding. After Victoria was born the marriage soon foundered (Jennifer later married Alan Ross). Berners died in 1950, leaving Robert in charge of Faringdon, aided by a ferocious Austrian housekeeper who strove to keep the same culinary standards in a more austere age.This was the world Sofka Zinovieff, Victoria's daughter, a typical child of the sixties, first encountered at the age of seventeen. Eight years later, to her astonishment, Robert told her he was leaving her Faringdon House. Her book about Faringdon and its people is marvellously witty and full of insight, bringing to life a vanished world and the almost fantastical people who lived in it.
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"As classy and consuming a memoir as you’re likely to read all autumn." (Caroline Sanderson Bookseller)
"Prepare to be seduced by outlandish delights and strange creatures." (Sebastian Shakespeare Tatler)
"Sumptuous." (Daisy Goodwin Sunday Times)
"A vivid sketch of the extraordinarily glamourous society of Faringdon in its heyday, especially during the 30s." (Dinah Birch Guardian)
"Zinovieff is an entertaining and amiable companion on this, at times, uncomfortable romp through her family saga." (Sara Wheeler The Times)
The extraordinary story of wildly eccentric people and the house they lived in.
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0009971583
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Book Description Cape, London & Edinburgh, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Bound in clean black cloth, with silver titles to spine, this 2014 First Edition is VG in VG DustJacket (unclipped). XII/436pp with 20 Chapters, 26 illustrations, notes, select Bibliography and Index. Condition, close Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 0018307
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. A fine book in a fine DW, this is a first edition/ first impression, the story of Faringdon House in Oxfordshire, the home of Lord Berners, composer,painter & writer, who before the War made Faringdon an aesthete's paradise where great food was served to many of the great minds, beauties & wits of the day. The author was later to inherit tthe great house. Signed & dated on the titlepage, without inscription, Signed, " Sofka Zinovieff----2015, " A fabulous book which is quite heavy, 1.4 kilos & may require extra postage. Size: 7 " X 9 1/2 ". Signed & Dated. Hardback. Seller Inventory # 000021