Alexander Waugh

Ménage à Quatre

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me


Jonathan Cape 436pp £25 order from our bookshop

In Red Princess, published in 2007, Sofka Zinovieff wrote critically and affectionately about her paternal grandmother, Princess Sofka Dolgorouky, a hard-drinking, promiscuous Russian aristocrat dedicated to communist causes. This book explores her maternal grandparents with equal candour and critical affection. At the centre of the story lies a gorgeous but not entirely beloved country house at Faringdon in Oxfordshire.

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