|Name Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy|
|Movies South from Granada|
|Books The public school phenome, Rise and Fall of the British Na, Half an Arch, Kinsey: Sex the Measure, Gerald Brenan: The Interi|
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Education University of Cambridge
Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy (born 1933 in Edinburgh) is a British author, known for biographies, including one of Alfred Kinsey, and books of social history on the British nanny and public school system. For his autobiography, Half an Arch, he received the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography in 2005. He has also written novels and children's literature.
He was brought up in London, and educated at Port Regis School, Bryanston and Cambridge. As a boy, he was one of Benjamin Britten's favourites and he and his family provided the names for the characters in The Little Sweep. His involvement with Britten is described in John Bridcut's Britten's Children.
He subsequently worked in advertising and publishing.
His grandfather was Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 3rd Earl of Cranbrook. His father was Surg.-Cmdr. Hon. Antony Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, fourth child of the 3rd Earl. His mother was Ruth Elizabeth Thorowgood. Robert Gathorne-Hardy and Edward Gathorne-Hardy were his uncles.