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.
Author, illustrator, librettist, puppet-maker, master of pseudonyms, owner of 20,000 books and 6 cats: there is so much to say about the Awdrey-Gore legacy that all we shall announce is that this is a very fine biography. And that Ogdred Weary had a suspiciously normal and fantod-free childhood.
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.
Nott is a surgeon. Instead of going to the beach for his hols, he heads to war zones: Sarajevo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, Congo, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Gaza and Syria… His account of his experiences over the last 25 years is eye-opening and, as one would expect, humane on a grand scale.
GS is a poet and translator of Szabo, Krasznahorkai and Marai. Here he explores his own past and identity by writing about his mother, Magda, weaving backwards from her death, through her life in English exile, to the events of 1956 and her youth in Hungary. Szirtes’s voice is meditative yet direct.
Himalayan rivers support a fifth of the world’s population, and everyone in the Asian subcontinent. Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard, Amrith retells historical events and stories from a hydrological perspective, going on to discuss present day perils, global warming and beyond…
An entrancing writer turns her attention to the mysterious submerged land that once linked Britain to Europe, teasing understanding in a very personal way from conversations and small finds on her walks.
A remarkable new history that transforms our understanding of West Africa by showing the complex system of trade that existed there before the international slave trade, using cowrie shells as currency.
A thrilling account of the background and implications of the successful hunt by Jim Corbett of the tiger who claimed the lives of 436 people between 1900 and 1907. Corbett later became famous for his crusade to save the Bengal tiger and its habitat.