Kathleen Riley
  • Nigel Hawthorne on Stage
  • The Reception and Performance of Euripides’ Herakles
  • The Astaires
  • Dionysus Since 69
  • The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World
  • Oscar Wilde and Classical Antiquity


KATHLEEN RILEY is an independent scholar and writer. Born in Sydney, Australia, she received first-class honours in Latin and the University Convocation Medal from the University of Sydney and a Master of Studies (M.St.) and Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Classics from the University of Oxford. From 2006 to 2009 she held a British Academy […] IWEBIX Webdesign

The Astaires

Included in: – Jonathan Yardley’s Best Books of 2012 (Washington Post) – Wall Street Journal Best Non-Fiction 2012 ‘There is this beautiful book The Astaires by Kathleen Riley about Fred and Adele. It’s so well written and very accurate about their lives. It’s a magnificent book about the trials and tribulations of show business.’ – Tony Bennett […]

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