Sofka Zinovieff was born in London, has Russian ancestry and has lived in Greece for many years. Her latest book “Putney” is an explosive and thought-provoking novel about the far-reaching repercussions of an illicit relationship between a young girl and a much older man.

Reviews of Putney
By Sarah Moss, 11 Aug 2018

“It is rare to find oneself reading so compulsively a book that promises no resolution or easy answers; I admired this combination of intellectual honesty and bravura storytelling.”

05 AUG 2018
“A finely nuanced study of the way different people make subjective sense of the past, and a reminder that the novel (like the analyst’s couch) is a great space for thinking about the unthinkable.”


By Zoe Apostolides, 27 JUL 2018

A disturbing, well-structured, nuanced story that provides no simple answers — an important addition to an urgent, current conversation.”

By Bethanne Patrick, 28 SEP 2018

“Thought-provoking and relevant, Sofka Zinovieff’s new novel “Putney” will provide plenty of book groups with fodder for discussions about female sexuality, child molestation, friendship and the #MeToo movement.”


Athens Unpacked

Sofka explores Athens in a quest to understand this complex, seductive city. She visits unusual places and meets Athenians, native and adopted: singers, poets, graffiti writers, architects, journalists, chefs, historians and activists.
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Posted on: 17-09-2022 | Category: Events

In conversation with authors and travellers Peter Fiennes, Julian Hoffman and Michael Vatikiotis Double Event – The Art of Being Human and Journeys To The Greeks Fri, 23 September 2022 19:00 – 22:00 EEST Capodistrias Museum – Kapodistrias Museum Evrapouli Village, Koukouritsa, 491 00 Evropouli     The evening’s events will commence with award winning novelist Evie Wyld reading a new

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Posted on: 17-06-2021 | Category: Articles & Interviews
Explore the Urban Soul of Athens with Sofka Zinovieff – interview with Amanda Dardanis

  Acclaimed author and former anthropologist Sofka Zinovieff unpacks her adopted home, Athens, to help you excavate the multi-layered Greek capital. By Amanda Dardanis   Want to scratch beneath the surface of a city? Who better to ask than a former anthropologist? Especially one who has spent two decades living in said city; bringing up her

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