Hannah Rothschild CBE is a British writer, documentary filmmaker, businesswoman and philanthropist. Her biography, The Baroness, was published in 2012 in the UK, US and twelve other territories. Her first novel, The Improbability of Love, published in 2015 won the Bollinger Wodehouse Prize for best comic novel and was runner up for the Bailey Women's Prize for fiction in 2015. Her much anticipated latest novel, House of Trelawney, will be published in February 2020.
Hannah’s features and interviews appear in The Telegraph, The Times (London), The New York Times and Vogue. Her documentaries have been shown on the BBC, HBO and at international film festivals. She has lectured on art, film and philanthropy at the Getty, the Royal Academy of Arts and at the Hay Festival. From August 2015 to October 2019 she was the first female Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery in London.
Hannah is actively involved in a range of organisations including the Rothschild Foundation, Waddesdon Manor, Yad Hanadiv, Illuminated River and an asset management company. In 2018, Hannah was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Literature and Philanthropy.
For The Telegraph, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, New York Times, The
Spectator, W, The Independent and others.
THE CONSTANT PAINTER: FRANK AUERBACH
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THE TITIAN DETECTECTIVE STORY: A restorer at the National Gallery believes that
a dirty old painting is actually a famous forgotten masterpiece worth many
millions of pounds.
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LEONARDO DA VINCI’S WOMEN: What clues and secrets does close examination of da Vinci's women reveal? It turns out that two were rivals in love and the prize was a Duke and his Kingdom.
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THE MANDELSON DIARIES: After10 months filming the infamous Minister without Portfolio for a fly on the wall documentary. This diary reveals the bits that the BBC were too scared to show.
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THE WANKER - original screenplay optioned by Ridley Scott.
GENE MACHINE - original screenplay optioned by Working Title. FIRST LOVE - adapted screenplay optioned by Sarah Radclyffe Films.
CORFU THE EMERALD ISLE
Abbeville Press Editor Spiro Flamburiani and Frank Giles
includes Kanonas by Hannah Rothschild.
25 x 4: CHANNEL AT 25
Edited by Rosie Boycott and Meredith Etherington-Smith (Paperback) - includes Film on Four by Hannah Rothschild.
The search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild by Hannah Rothschild. Virago UK, Knopf USA.
THE IMPROBABILITY OF LOVE
By Hannah Rothschild. Bloomsbury UK, Knopf USA.
‘A deliciously wicked satire ... It's exquisitely written, shimmering with eye-catching detail, whether describing works of art or the dishes on display at an extravagant banquet. Beneath all that, there's a serious debate about the value we put on things - whether it's art or relationships - and the prices we're prepared to pay. A masterpiece.’ Daily Mail
‘Impishly wicked, ruthlessly frank, touchingly percipient and sometimes laugh aloud funny to boot. Hannah Rothschild captures the contradiction between art as money and art as the soul of humanity really well.’ Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Art Critic for The Times
‘The Improbability of Love is a romp, a joy, and an inspired feast of clever delights. Reading this book is like a raid on a high-end pastry shop – you marvel at the expertise and cunning of the creations, while never wanting the deliciousness to end.’ Elizabeth Gilbert
‘Like a Rococo painting, this clever, funny, beguiling and wholly humane romance is a treat worthy of its subject.’ The Independent
‘Hannah Rothschild has written a wonderful satirical novel about a rare French Painting.’ Andrew Marr, Start the Week
‘The result is compelling reading, driven by the desire to know what happens next and along the way there are some hearty laughs at people’s terrible behaviour.’ Daphne Guinness, The Sydney Morning Herald
‘Every page is a joy. It’s funny, sad, profound. The writing dances. It has panache. It’s beautifully structured. It wears its scholarship with a balletic lightness and grace that shadows the Rococo painting at its heart. Its many and varied characters are an exquisite joy. Her range and emotional grasp is wonderful. What more can I say? It’s my Book of the Year.’ Barbara Trapido
‘It is mischievous, acute, rollicking and admiringly well-structured without being formulaic, Dickensian without being sprawling.’ Rachel Johnson
‘Hannah Rothschild is finally coming into her own. Soon to be head of the National Gallery, her novel about the art world is bound to be a bestseller.’ Lynn Barber, Sunday Times
‘A witty romp that gently pokes fun at the pretentiousness of arty types.’ Good Housekeeping
‘Both the satire of the art world and a romance … It’s mischievous, fun and on the money.’ Tatler
‘Novel of the week . It all adds up to an ingenious meditation on the true value of art - timely indeed at a moment when paintings and sculpture seem to have become just another currency.’ Mail on Sunday
'A novel that is so pleasurable I've read it twice, and will read it again . Beguiling.' Jackie McGlone, Glasgow Sunday Herald
‘For a first novel, she manages to weave the themes of love, art, and skulduggery, with a huge cast thrown in, with a very sure hand. Light summer reading at its best.’ Irish Independent
‘Riveting, touching and insightful’ The Daily Telegraph
‘Rothschild’s riveting account of her eccentric great-aunt Nica stands out for its nimble writing and brilliant story’ The Independent’s 50 Best Summer Reads
‘Hannah Rothschild has done a brilliant job of telling the story, which is by turns moving, shocking and inspiring. Filled with photographs and startling details, it’s utterly absorbing.’ Elle
Hannah tells this story with care, balancing narrative tension with a desire to lay out all the facts so readers can make up their own minds… wholly gripping.’ Rachel Cooke in The Guardian
‘very moving… a most beguiling book and tale’ Libby Purves on Midweek, BBC Radio 4
‘An eminently readable, well researched biography. It is one-third a history of the Rothschild family, one third a portrait of Nica, and one-third a biography of Monk. Nica comes across as a remarkable woman, strong, feisty and rebellious’ Sunday Times
‘Lillian Pizzichini applauds the swinging life of a bebop Bolter’ ‘… absorbing. Nica’s self-styled mission was to care for these fragile creatures with the resolve of her immigrant forebears and the love and empathy she passed on to her great-niece’ Sunday Telegraph ‘It’s a gripping yarn that more than proves that life is stranger than fiction.’ The Literary Review
‘Eloquently-written labour of love’ Daily Mail
‘…An intriguing biography, a detective story of sorts… Rothschild sketches a tantalising portrait of an heiress who turned her back on a cloistered life’ The Independent
‘Full of interest and warmth’ Spectator
‘The colourful life of a jazz philanthropist… A rounded portrait.’ Richard Williams in The Guardian
‘Lovingly compiled memoir..’ ‘…This is an honest portrait of an extraordinary life. It’s a gripping yarn that more than proves that life is stranger than fiction.’ Literary Review
‘It’s a tale of mystery, intrigue and exoticism.’ Jewish Telegraph
At first glance Thelonious (Monk) and Pannonica (Rothschild) might seem to have nothing in common. Yet as Hannah Rothschild shows in this tender memoir, the symmetries of their lives ran far deeper.’ Kathryn Hughes, The Mail on Sunday
‘Richly textured, elegantly told and often as surprising as its subject, Hannah Rothschild’s biography of her great-aunt is a moving tribute to a fascinating and original woman’ Country Life
‘A colourful, entertaining study of a fearless, fiercely loyal, independent and slightly bonkers adventuress’ The Herald
'Totally engrossing' Daily Express
'The end result is something quite remarkable - a fly-on-the-wall documentary in the best traditions of the genre that offers a stripped-down view of politics in its rawest, most compelling form.' Radio Times
'It's wonderful- its funny, thoroughly researched, intense, clever and beautifully constructed.' Molly Dineen, Today Programme, Radio 4
'There are so many best bits in this documentary that it is hard to choose between them, though a knockabout routine with Alastair Campbell deserves a special mention...Mandelson is a gift to a film maker but Rothschild has made the best of her material. Beautifully observed, intelligent and subtly subversive, this is a real tour de force.' Jane Shilling, Evening Standard.
'Astonishing Viewing. A jaw droppingly candid view- that takes no prisoners- of a tumultuous period in British politics.' Sharon Lougher, Metro
'Riveting viewing' Marc Deanie, The Sun
'It should become one of the classic political documentaries.' Michael Crick
'When a political documentary works The War Room for example it channels the adrenalin which addicts politicians and the sheer thrill of the pure political animal. Hannah Rothschild¹s documentary for BBC¹s Storyville strand is an extraordinary portrait of Britain¹s Peter Mandelson in the run-up to this May¹s general election. Hannah Rothschild¹s documentary has the potential to attract wider audiences than the Westminster village despite its narrow UK focus and sits comfortably in the Storyville roster of excellence (Hoop Dreams, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired).' Finn Haligan, Screen International
'A gripping and brilliant film' Rosie Boycott Evening Standard
'It offers a fascinating view from inside that weird, endgame election – imagine a slow, knackered version of The Thick Of It, without the swearing – and there are brilliant moments: here he is in his pants and socks; here he is with hulking auld enemy, Alastair Campbell, eating soggy sandwiches as they watch the first PM’s debate on TV. Best of all, more footage of that foxtrot with a pensioner in Blackpool.' Scotland Herald
'an engrossing look at the run-up to the general election.' Geoffrey Mcnab The independent
'an intensely fun film to watch.' Dave Calhoun, Time Out
'The genius of this film is that it captures the bits in between to create an unforgettable portrait' Stephen Frears, The Evening Standard
'..this is heaven for political geeks. More than the sheer thrill of having a camera placed at the heart of the government machine - where journalists are seldom allowed to tread - the documentary's main strength is that it is actually rather hilarious...We feel like flies on a tremendously interesting wall.' Peter Wozniak, Politics.co.uk
Harper's Bazaar - November 2010 - Click here to read
Evening Standard - 13 October 2010 - Click here to read
'Brilliant' Lucian Freud
'Hannah Rothschild has made a wonderful documentary about him' Lynn Barber, Times
Rothschild's last film was a similar-sounding profile of society decorator Nicky Haslam, glowingly reviewed by one critic as 'funny, camp, melancholy and appalling'. Ephraim Hardcastle, Daily Mail
For the socialite and interior designer Nicky Haslam a surprising number of things turn out to be fun. Having a stalker, for instance: "So chic," he said brightly in Storyville: Hi Society – the Wonderful World of Nicky Haslam. "We should all have one." Or spending three years of his childhood paralysed with polio ("It was rather fun"). Or the hazards of pre-Wolfenden homosexuality ("It was illegal still so that made it much more fun"). He's also got a very long list of things that he thinks are common, including swans, pronouncing the last t in "trait", scented candles, wheat intolerance, loving your parents and queuing at Annabel's. Fortunately, he probably doesn't have to do a lot of the latter because Nicky is to the London scene what the silver lady is on a Rolls-Royce. He attends up to five parties a night to exchange air kisses and squeals of delighted recognition before moving on, ceaselessly driving on through the crowd to where the flash of the paparazzi cameras is brightest.
You might pronounce Haslam absurd, a frantically self-renovating social butterfly who should never have made it past the Sixties, but there is something astonishing about his sheer devotion to his chosen cause. For almost all of his 70 years, he has devoted every waking hour to networking, party-going and rubbing shoulders with the wealthy and beautiful. The Independent
His attitude is that nostalgia is worthless, and the only option is to seize the present and advance glamorously into the future. Adam Sweeting, The Arts Desk
It's a study of loneliness. It perfectly illustrates the loneliness of the crowded life. It's as good as Chekhov. Cressida Connelly
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