//Biography, Letters & Diaries

  • The Pianist Of Yarmouk

    Aeham Ahmad

    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.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Last Days in Old Europe: Trieste ’79, Vienna ’85, Prague ’89

    Richard Bassett

    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

    Hardback £16.99
  • Max Beaverbrook: Not Quite A Gentleman

    Charles Williams

    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.

    Hardback £25.00
  • The Ginger Child: On Family, Loss and Adoption

    Patrick Flanery

    A sensitive memoir that eludes no complexity or fragility, by a very skillful novelist.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus

    Fiona MacCarthy

    A distinguished biographer has moved her gaze from C19th English art and design (Burne-Jones, Morris, Gill) to the transcontinental and multi-faceted life of one of Europe’s greatest C20th architects.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Mr Five Per Cent: The many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world’s richest man

    Jonathan Conlin

    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.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History

    Richard J Evans

    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.

    Hardback £35.00
  • German Officer in Occupied Paris: The War Journals, 1941-1945

    Ernst Junger, translated by Thomas S. Hansen and Abby J. Hansen

    The author of ‘Storm of Steel’ was a Wehrmacht captain in Paris during WW2. The detached observations of this controversial figure are published here for the first time in English.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Joyride: To a Reunion at Kardamyli

    Tony Scotland

    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.

    Hardback £17.50