Winner of the first International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights in 2015, AA is a classically trained Syrian-Palestinian pianist. This is his memoir of his former life, the Syrian civil war, his eventual escape and new life in Germany.
RB embraced Trieste in our Cuckoo Press piece of 2013. Here is the fully-fledged version, with RB as hornist in the Ljubljana opera house, then as Times Foreign Correspondent in Vienna and Warsaw. A memoir of both ease and grit in the last decade of the Cold War, full of irony, subtlety and humour
Pitched as ‘magisterial’ – and it probably is – the subtitle makes us think of Daisy Ashford’s Mr Salteena, who was probably a bit nicer than Beaverbrook. “This strange attractive gnome with an odour of genius about him” – Lady Diana Cooper’s words, but they could have been Daisy’s.
Ottoman, Armenian and British, with a French education and a King’s College London degree in petroleum engineering: this is the first biography of this extraordinary man in over a generation. An old-fashioned millionaire (after Eartha Kitt’s heart) with exquisite taste who managed to buy art even from Stalin.
A Communist in the Weimar Republic, Hobsbawm’s work influenced New Labour in the 1980s and ’90s. This account of his long life, by the great historian of the Third Reich, is a fascinating study of an era.
A short and delightful account of three wonderful old birds – Coote Heber Percy, Billa Harrod and Freda Berkeley – who set off in a car with rather taxing suspension for the Peloponnese in 1990, to soothe their widowhood by seeking out the warm south and, in particular, Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor.