Firebird tells the love story of two of the twentieth-century’s most brilliant and unusual figures: the Russian prima ballerina Lydia Lopokova and the economist John Maynard Keynes. Born in St Petersburg in 1891, Lydia was the daughter of a devout Lutheran mother and charismatic drunken father, and became a star pupil at the Imperial Ballet School where she danced for Tsar Nicholas II. The schooldays of the bookish Maynard, on the other hand, were spent winning academic prizes at Eton, leading to a post at the Treasury and a Fellowship at King’s College Cambridge, a pivotal role in the peace conferences following two world wars, and books of economic theory that continue to influence policy-makers today. 

Firebird will appear in a German translation with btb Verlag, Random House and in a French translation with Mercure de France Gallimard.

John Maynard Keynes and Lydia Lopokova.
Painted by William Roberts, National Portrait Gallery, London.