Town and Country (US) April 2015, “The Craziest House Party of the 20th Century”
Posted on: 26-03-2015 | Category: Articles & Interviews

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While thumbing through one of Cecil Beaton’s unpublished scrapbooks two years ago—enjoying a peek at a friend’s rarefied collection—I stumbled on a blurry black-and-white photograph of a tousle-haired youth. Beneath it Beaton had scribbled a caption: “Horrid Madboy.”

 

It was a thrilling discovery, as it offered a unique glimpse of the destructive animus between Beaton, the venerable photographer, and Robert Heber-Percy, the sly young man in the picture. Known for the spontaneous antics that earned him the nickname “Mad Boy,” Robert relished the shock value of riding naked on horseback at Faringdon House, the idyllic Oxfordshire estate of his three-decades-older lover, Lord Berners, an elegant, monocle–wearing novelist, painter, and composer who wrote music for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and was admired by Stravinsky.

 

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Athens City Festival Literary Salon. 28 May 2024

In conversation with conversationist and writer Julian Hoffman as part of Athens Literary Salons and The Athens City Festival. https://cityfestival.thisisathens.org/en/athens-literary-salons-2-en/ May 28 from 6-7 pm followed by wine and further discussions University of Athens History Museum Tholou 5, Plaka, Athens   A wine and cheese reception will follow the discussion by Wines of Athens http://www.wineroadsofathens.com/index.php/en/ Following

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CORFU LITERARY FESTIVAL Journeys To The Greeks

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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