Rodney Bolt - Author

About the Author

Rodney Bolt was born in South Africa. He studied at Rhodes University, where contact with Athol Fugard sparked his interest in theatre. Before leaving the country, he worked on anti-apartheid drama. His play Gandhi: Act Too won the 1980 Durban Critic Circles's Play of the Year award. For most of his adult life he has wandered in semi-exile through Europe, living in Greece, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. In 1980, he won a scholarship to Cambridge and read English at Corpus Christi. He has run a pub theatre and is now a travel writer and novelist.

 

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As Good as God, As Clever as the Devil The Impossible Life of Mary Benson

As Good as God, As Clever as the Devil The Impossible Life of Mary Benson

Author: Rodney Bolt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2011

Young Minnie Sidgwick was just twelve years old when her cousin, twenty-three-year old Edward Benson, proposed to her in 1853. Edward went on to become Archbishop of Canterbury and little Minnie - as Mary Benson - to preside over Lambeth Palace, and a social world that ranged from Tennyson and Browning to foreign royalty and Queen Victoria herself. Prime Minister William Gladstone called her 'the cleverest woman in Europe'. Yet Mrs Benson's most intense relationships were not with her husband and his associates, but with other women. When the Archbishop died, Mary - 'Ben' to her intimates - turned down an offer from the Queen to live at Windsor, and set up home in a Jacobean manor house with her friend Lucy Tait. She remained at the heart of her family of fiercely eccentric and 'unpermissably gifted' children, each as individual as herself. They knew Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Gertrude Bell. Arthur wrote the words for 'Land of Hope and Glory'; Fred became a hugely successful author (his Mapp and Lucia novels still have a cult following); and Maggie a renowned Egyptologist. But none of them was 'the marrying sort' and such a rackety family seemed destined for disruption: Maggie tried to kill her mother and was institutionalized, Arthur suffered numerous breakdowns and young Hugh became a Catholic priest, embroiled in scandal. Drawing on the diaries and novels of the Bensons themselves, as well as writings of contemporaries ranging from George Eliot to Charles Dickens, Rodney Bolt creates a rich and intimate family history of Victorian and Edwardian England. But, most of all, he tells the sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious, story of one lovable, brilliant woman and her trajectory through the often surprising opportunities and the remarkable limitations of a Victorian woman's life.

Bavaria

Bavaria

Author: Rodney Bolt Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2010

This title features: dynamic two-colour layout for easy navigation; new magazine style, combining stunning photography, tailored itineraries and a personal take on the country; clear two-colour maps throughout for increased ease of use; extensive listings of hotels and restaurants - all personally recommended for a really local flavour; and, top Don't Miss sights for each regional chapter, plus Author Choices of personal favourite places to stay and eat. It captures the enormous variety of this magical region from the unspoiled backwoods of the Black Forest to the rolling countryside of the Romantic Road. It details breathtaking Bavarian castle visits and the best of the beer festivals. It covers the cornerstones of Bavarian culture from chic high-life to sleepy villages, including some of the tastiest cooking in Germany.

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Dutch

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Dutch

Author: Rodney Bolt Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2008

Lorenzo Da Ponte The Extraordinary Adventures of the Man Behind Mozart

Lorenzo Da Ponte The Extraordinary Adventures of the Man Behind Mozart

Author: Rodney Bolt Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2007

By the time he was forty, Lorenzo Da Ponte had been a poet, priest, lover and libertine, a friend of Casanova, collaborator then enemy of Salieri, and ultimately the librettist for three of Mozart's most sublime operas - The Marriage of Figaro , Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni . After losing all his money and the woman he loved he started afresh in New York, and by the end of his life he had founded its first opera house and become a university professor. Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating and entertaining biography of a larger-than-life character, and a vibrant portrait of four cities and four changing eras of history.

Madeira and Porto Santo

Madeira and Porto Santo

Author: Rodney Bolt Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2007

This work reveals an island of sleepy coastal villages and rugged hiking trails, of dramatic volcanic peaks and a uniquely Portuguese and British culture. It advises on the best walking tours and day trips; identifies Madeira's spectacular flora, which will delight gardening fans; explores the markets of Funchal's cobbled old town; and clambers across volcanic rocks and relaxes on the pristine beaches of Porto Santo.

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