Jonathan

Gathorne-Hardy

AUTHOR & BIOGRAPHER

(May 1933- July 2019)

Delightfully quirky […] tinged throughout with more than a faint sense of the absurd. Every twist and turn of the six-month voyage by land and see there (and back) is described […]but the best moments come with the colourful descriptions of Constantinople and the often surprising behaviour of the Ottoman court.

Gathorne-Hardy enriches his book with much cultural background

DIANA DARKE, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPLEMENT

The author’s research has been thorough, but his learning is as lightly worn as his eye for detail or a telling anecdote is keen. He writes with an easy and agreeable elegance; in short, his book is a delight. A lesser writer would have made it two or three times as long.

ALLAN MASSIE, THE SCOTSMAN

About his late book "The Sultan's Organ"

BOOKS

THE SULTAN'S ORGAN

ALFRED C. KINSEY: SEX AND THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS.

A BIOGRAPHY

THE INTERIOR CASTLE:

A LIFE OF GERALD BRENAN

Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy is the author of 27 books - 16 for adults, 11 for children:

FICTION

One Foot In The Clouds

Chamaleon

The Office

The Centre Of The Universe Is 18 Baedekerstrasse

The City Beneath the Skin

Particle Theory - A Novel

The Voice of God And Other Disasters

(As Silvia Thornton)

The Man From The Sea

NON-FICTION

The Rise And Fall Of The British Nanny

The Public School Phenomenon

Love, Sex, Marriage And Divorce

Doctors

The Interior Castle - A Life Of Gerald Brenan

Alfred C. Kinsey: Sex The Measure Of All Things - A Biography

Half An Arch

The Sultan's Organ

FOR CHILDREN

Jane's Adventures In And Out Of The Book

Jane's Adventures On The Island Of Peeg

Jane's Adventures In A Baloon

The Terrible Kidnapping Of Cyril Bonhamy

Cyril Bonhamy v Madam Big

Cyril Bonhamy And The Great Drain Robbery

Cyril Bonhamy And Operation Ping

Cyril Of The Apes

The Munros' New House

The Tunnel Party

The Twin Detectives

HALF AN ARCH

PARTICLE THEORY.

A NOVEL.

THE CITY BENEATH THE SKIN

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL PHENOMENON

597-1977

CHAMELEON

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH NANNY

CYRIL OF THE APES

CYRIL BONHAMY AND OPERATION PING

CYRIL BONHAMY AND THE GREAT DRAIN ROBBERY

Jane's Adventures: Jane's Adventures in and Out of the Book, Jane's Adventures on the Island of Peeg, and Jane's Adventures in a Balloon

ONE FOOT IN THE CLOUDS

THE TERRIBLE KIDNAPPING OF CYRIL BONHAMY

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BIO

Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy was born in Edinburgh in 1933. Educated at Bryanston, he gained a scholarship to Trinity College in Cambridge, where he read history and edited the legendary Granta magazine. He then worked for fifteen years in advertising and publishing. He has been an intensive researcher and productive writer of over twenty books, including an autobiography Half an Arch, (winner of the JR Ackerley prize), Kinsey: Sex The

Measure Of All Things, which was adapted into a successful film starring Liam Neeson, The Rise and Fall of the British Nanny, described as "an instant classic of social history" by Faber & Faber, A Life of Gerald Brenan which was used in the making of the film South from Granada and The Public School Phenomenon 1587-1977.

 

In his later years he lived in Aldeburgh with his wife, the painter and writer Nicky Loutit.

Mr. Gathorne-Hardy died peacefully in his house on the 16th of July 2019.

PRESS QUOTES

Delightfully quirky [...] tinged with more than a faint sense of the absurd [...] with colorful descriptions [...](and) much cultural background.

DIANA DARKE,

THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

He writes with an easy and agreeable elegance; in short, his book is a delight. A lesser writer would have made it two or three times as long.

ALLAN MASSIE,

THE SCOTSMAN

Marvellously researched and beautifully written.

W. H. AUDEN, OBSERVER

Enough to delight the sternest critic.

AUBERON WAUGH, HARPERS & QUEEN

A great pleasure to read... Mr. Gathorne-Hardy writes with a kind of boisterous cunning.

SIMON RAVEN, SPECTATOR

He writes with a genuine irony which transforms the squalid into the comic.

MAURICE EDELMAN,

SUNDAY TIMES

By no means unworthy to stand beside P. N. Furbank's Forster, Michael Holroyd's Strachey or Quentin Bell's Woolf ... Affectionate but acerbic, learned but witty, elegant but relaxed, [Gathorne-Hardy] entertains as consistently as he informs.

PIERS BRENDON, THE INDEPENDENT

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Memorial & celebration of Jonny's work
London
 

CONTACT

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