Selection for the Improbability of Love



‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

 

 

 

 

 

Selection For The Baroness


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

‘Riveting, touching and insightful’ The Daily Telegraph

‘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

‘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

‘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
   
‘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

‘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

‘Vivid’  FT

‘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

‘A lucid, clear-eyed account of a charismatic, self-willed but ultimately elusive figure, this absorbing book should be enjoyed by anyone’   London jazz Blog


‘An eminently readable, well researched biography- 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.’  Helen Davies, Sunday Times

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Selection for Mandelson, The Real PM?


'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

'Totally engrossing' Daily Express

Radio Times - '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.'

Michael Crick - 'it should become one of the classic political documentaries.'

'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

'It's wonderful- its funny, thoroughly researched, intense, clever and beautifully constructed.'   Molly Dineen, Today Programme, Radio 4

'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

 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selection for The Jazz Baroness

 

'Pannonica Rothschild's story reads like one of those lurid and doomed romantic melodramas that the reader just knows can only end with the tragic ruin of everyone involved.'  New York Daily News

'The film is especially good as it limns the story of the filmmaker hoping to glimpse a piece of her own family history.'   Huffington Post

'It's the most beguiling music film since Eastwood's Straight No Chaser.'  Peter Florence, Director Hay Festival of Literature and Ideas

'It all makes for compelling viewing. The project, conceived and directed by Hannah Rothschild, the baroness’s great-niece, is stylish and full of emotional colour. A film-maker whose earlier work includes studies of Picasso and Sickert, Rothschild has brought together a stunning cast of contributors: Sonny Rollins and the jazz aficionado Clint Eastwood are among those who add their reminiscences, while Helen Mirren reads.  By the end, you wonder why Rothschild had to fight so hard to get the film made: the gruelling process of haggling with executives has taken no less than eight years. Once, when it seemed the film might never be completed, Rothschild received stirring advice from Rollins: “You have to finish it." This isn’t just her story, it’s our story.'  Clive Davis, Sunday Times

 

Selection for Hi Society: the Wonderful World of Nicky Haslam

 

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.

The Independent
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.

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

'Brilliant'  Lucian Freud

'Hannah Rothschild has made a wonderful documentary about him'   Lynn Barber, Times