In the 1950s, when he began darting round the world looking at fabulously interesting things, could he have imagined that he would become Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FLS FZS FSA FRSGS, with 32 honorary degrees to his name?
A biography of the late art critic, essayist, dramatist, painter, poet and novelist, whose ‘Ways of Seeing’ revolutionised art history. “Far from dragging politics into art, art has dragged me into politics.”
Berlin published comparatively little during his lifetime. Much of what we know of his work has emerged through the offices of Hardy, his principal editor. This account of their long collaboration provides a valuable portrait of the man whose ideas now seem more important than ever.
Clark’s father was parachuted into Italy in 1944 by SOE, and captured by the Germans. His radio operator and later wife, did not know whether he was dead or alive for 6 months. Years of filial sleuthing have uncovered the story, and it is a gripping one.
Powerful biography of the outstanding American journalist who worked for nearly 30 years for the Sunday Times as a foreign correspondent, famously courageous and charismatic. She was killed in Syria in 2012 during the siege of Homs.
“… like a rare and tropical bird [his] plumage was a wonder to behold…”: A Slightly Foxed limited edition re-issue of Erdal’s quietly uproarious memoir of working – and ghost-writing on an epic scale – for Naim Attallah, the publisher. “‘You can call me what you like,’ he said. ‘I shall call you Beloved – all the girls who work for me are Beloved’…”
Who would have expected a Romain Gary revival? Yet the success earlier this year of his novel ‘The Kites’ was real, and this, his autobiography, remains as wild and romantic as ever. Brought up in poverty in Eastern Europe, he became an ace pilot, hero of the Resistance, diplomat, a denizen of the Cote d’Azur and one of the most famous French writers of the C20th.
George VI’s relationship with his speech therapist, Lionel Logue, did not end with his famous broadcast in September 1939. One of the authors is Logue’s grandson, the other a journalist and author of ‘Mythomania’.
From 1973, Oleg Gordievsky – the USSR’s top man in London – was secretly working for MI6. His identity was kept from the Americans. The CIA man who finally identified him was Aldrich Ames, who turned out to be spying for the Soviets. This is a gripping story of treachery and betrayal, culminating in Gordievsky’s dramatic escape from Moscow in 1985.
O Bliss! O poop-poop! O joy! The life of KG is in capable hands, and we look forward keenly to MD’s interpretation of the strange incident at the Bank of England in 1903, when KG, then Secretary of the Old Lady, was shot at and missed (presumably by the Weasels).
Handel accompanied his princely master George, Elector of Hanover, to London in 1712. His subsequent creative journey – so extraordinarily generous – is ably and entertainingly recounted by a prominent Baroque conductor.
A memoir by Baroness Alessandra Kozlowska (1892-1975) of her childhood in the Caucasus and flight from Russia, travels in Central Europe during WWI and life in Italy between the wars, up to her internment as an alien in WWII.
A riveting biography of the Scottish economist John Law who became Controller General of Finance in France during the minority of Louis XV. He was also the richest private citizen in Europe with ideas astonishingly ahead of his time, including a preference for paper money and central banking. His ship turned turtle when the Mississippi Company bubble burst; thereafter he lived from gambling and died a poor man in Venice.