Friday, 11 May 2012
In conversation with Hannah Rothschild...
If anyone is going to be at the Du Maurier festival in Fowey tomorrow, then I do recommend the event with Hannah Rothschild, discussing her new book, The Baroness, an enthralling tale of her great aunt Pannonica, (otherwise known as Nica) who ran away to New York in the 1950s, having fallen in love with the jazz of Thelonius Monk. The narrative swoops from European Jewish ghettos to English mansions and French chateaus; from the Roaring Twenties to the Second World War; from edgy low life to haute bohemia. It's a musical odyssey, but also a search for hidden family truths: and, as Hannah says, whether 'we can ever really escape from where we come from?'
For those of you who are in London on Monday, I'll be talking to Hannah at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street (7pm on May 14th). Meanwhile, here's an interview with her and an extract from The Baroness.