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
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"
Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy is the author of 27 books - 16 for adults, 11 for children:
One Foot In The Clouds
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
The Rise And Fall Of The British Nanny
The Public School Phenomenon
Love, Sex, Marriage And Divorce
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
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
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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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.
Delightfully quirky [...] tinged with more than a faint sense of the absurd [...] with colorful descriptions [...](and) much cultural background.
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.
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.
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.