The Riviera Set

Author: Mary S. Lovell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408705214

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 4718

The Riviera Set is the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960. At the heart of this was the amazing Maxine Elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, the Windsors and two very saucy courtesans, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties. After the War the story continued as the Château changed hands and Prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita Hayworth. Mary Lovell tells her story of high society behaviour with tremendous brio and relish, and this book has all the charm and fascination of her bestselling The Mitford Girls and The Churchills.

The Riviera Set

Author: Mary S. Lovell

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

ISBN: 1408705214

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 2401

The Riviera Set is the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960. At the heart of this was the amazing Maxine Elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, the Windsors and two very saucy courtesans, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties. After the War the story continued as the Château changed hands and Prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita Hayworth. Mary Lovell tells her story of high society behaviour with tremendous brio and relish, and this book has all the charm and fascination of her bestselling The Mitford Girls and The Churchills.

The Churchills: In Love and War

Author: Mary S. Lovell

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393342255

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 624

View: 4373

Portrays the ambitious, impulsive, brave and arrogant English family that gave the world Winston Churchill, describing generations of ancestors who were recklessly wasteful womanizers but also triumphant military leaders all saddled with the upkeep of the family palace, Blenheim. 50,000 first printing.

The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society

Author: Mary S. Lovell

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681775794

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 8186

The author of the bestselling The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family brings her trademark brio and relish to the charming and fascinating world of the Château de l'Horizon on the French Riviera The Riviera Set reveals the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960. At the heart of dynamic group was the amazing Maxine Elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and two very saucy courtesans, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties. After the War the story continued as the Château changed hands and Prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita Hayworth Bringing a bygone era back to life, Mary Lovell cements her spot as one of our top social historians in this captivating and evocative new book.

Riviera Dreaming

An American Architect on the Cote D'Azur

Author: Maureen Emerson

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781788311625

Category: Architecture

Page: 264

View: 7603

In 1926, a young American architect and his lover, an ex-officer in the British Army, moved to the south of France and built a white, flat-roofed Modernist masterpiece that rested on the rocks below the Esterel, with views across the Mediterranean. They called it Le Trident. From the moment it was built, it captivated Riviera society. Noel Coward called it "impossibly beautiful" and its guest book became filled with the Riviera beau monde. As commissions for more villas flooded in, Barry Dierks and Eric Sawyer became the "darlings of the Riviera." Over the years, Dierks would design and build more than 70 of the Riviera's most recognisable villas for clients: ranging from Somerset Maugham's Villa Mauresque and Jack Warner's Villa Aujourd'hui to the Marquess of Cholmondeley's Manoir Eden Roc and Maxine Elliott's Ch�teau de l'Horizon. Riviera Dreaming tells the dazzling story of the lives, loves, and adventures that played out behind the walls of these stunning houses and provides an unparalleled portrait of life on the Cote d'Azur at the height of the Jazz Age.

The French Riviera

A Literary Guide for Travellers

Author: Ted Jones

Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781845114558

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 264

View: 990

The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers is a reader's journey along the fabled coast which has provided the inspiration and setting for some of the greatest literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Hyères and St. Tropez in the west to the Italian border in the east, Ted Jones introduces the lives and work of writers who passed this way, from distinguished Nobel laureates to new authors who discovered their voices there. His encyclopaedic work covers them all: writers such as Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham, who spent much of their lives there; F. Scott Fitzgerald and Guy de Maupassant, whose work it dominates; and the countless writers who simply lingered there, including Louisa M. Alcott, Albert Camus, Bruce Chatwin, T. S. Eliot, Ian Fleming, Sylvia Plath, Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Tolstoy, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar Wilde - and countless others.

The French Riviera

A History

Author: Michael Nelson

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785898337

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 5039

The French Riviera: A History ranges from the Terra Amata in Nice, occupied from 380,000 years ago and one of the oldest inhabited prehistoric sites in the world, through to settlement by Greeks, Romans, Franks, Ostrogoths and Visigoths, wars and revolutions, to the establishment of the Silicon Valley of France in Sophia-Antipolis in 1974. Michael Nelson shows the surprisingly cosmopolitan nature of the area in the early middle ages, such as the story of the finishing school run by Frankish kings in the 7th century where Siagrius, the ruler of the region, had studied and where the son of King Edwin of Northumbria in England was also sent. The Riviera was part of Provence in France for much of its history and was often a microcosm of France itself, with many dynastic struggles and horrific blood-letting. Colour maps and plates illustrate The French Riviera: A History, and it is also full of fascinating anecdotes. Examples include the loan of a guillotine by Nice to Grasse in the French Revolution (Nice had no victims and Grasse had thirty) and the occasion when Jean Moulin, the leader of the French Resistance in World War II, invited the Germans to the opening of an art gallery in Nice which he was using as a front. In the nineteenth and twentieth century the British and Americans led tourism, and the Riviera was described by Somerset Maugham as ‘a sunny place for shady people’. The French Riviera: A History is a fascinating look back over the Riviera’s rich history. Perfect to dip into, or follow the whole historical journey in one sitting, it will make the perfect addition to any history buff’s bookcase.

Riviera Cocktail

Author: Edward Quinn

Publisher: Te Neues Publishing Group

ISBN: 9783832795887

Category: Photography

Page: 215

View: 2096

Photographer Edward Quinn chronicles the sweet life of the French Riviera in the 1950s and 60s in this homage to the stylish celebrities who lived and loved on this chic coastline.

Only

A singular memoir

Author: Caroline Baum

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1925576426

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 9712

Three barely felt like a family. It felt like it did not count. Like we were unfinished. Incomplete. There was always a gap at the table, room to set places for others. Visitors were few and far between. Mostly, there was only me. Only is a memoir of an unconventional childhood that explores what it means to be an Only Child -- as both child and adult. Also what it means to be the daughter of two people damaged by trauma and tragedy, particularly a domineering and explosive father. Secrets are revealed and differences settled. Caroline Baum's moving and gripping memoir is for everyone who has felt they are the fulcrum of a seesaw, the focus of all eyes and expectations, torn between love and fear, obedience and rebellion, duty and the longing to escape.It is also for anyone who has felt the burden of trying to be a Good Daughter -- what that means and why it is so hard. Revelatory, lyrical and unflinching. 'With a glamorous mother and a successful father, Caroline Baum's prosperous childhood seems like the epitome of privilege. Yet below the shimmering surface, rolling currents from scarred pasts buffet her girlhood, creating dislocations that resonate into adulthood. This beautifully rendered, searingly honest account becomes, in the end, a testimony to the enduring power of love, no matter how imperfectly enacted or expressed.' GERALDINE BROOKS, author of The Secret Chord 'A rich and rollicking tale that deepens into the tenderest of daughterly tributes.' HELEN GARNER, author of This House of Grief 'A conflicted love letter to her European origins and the uncrushable spirit of her glamorous, at times difficult parents, this lyrical page turner made me laugh and made me weep.' MAGDA SZUBANSKI, author of Reckoning 'An unflinchingly honest exploration of what it takes to be a good daughter, with a heart-melting scoop of ice cream.' ELIZABETH GILBERT, author of Eat, Pray, Love 'A vivid and moving account of life as an only child: there's glamour in this world but terrors aplenty.' RICHARD GLOVER, author of Flesh Wounds 'Only is a wild and deeply felt tale. With her unflinching gaze, Caroline Baum explores the inheritance of being an "only", contrasting an exotic cast of the glamorous and the famous with her unconventional, often solitary childhood.' AILSA PIPER, author of Sinning Across Spain

The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice: The Stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim

Author: Judith Mackrell

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500773963

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 8868

The story of Venice’s “Unfinished Palazzo”— told through the lives of three of its most unconventional, passionate, and fascinating residents: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the fortunes of the Veniers waned midconstruction and the project was abandoned. Empty, unfinished, and decaying, the building was considered an eyesore until the early twentieth century when it attracted and inspired three women at key moments in their lives: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim. Luisa Casati turned her home into an aesthete’s fantasy where she hosted parties as extravagant and decadent as Renaissance court operas, spending small fortunes on her own costumes in her quest to become a “living work of art” and muse. Doris Castlerosse strove to make her mark in London and Venice during the glamorous, hedonistic interwar years, hosting film stars and royalty at glittering parties. In the postwar years, Peggy Gugenheim turned the Palazzo into a model of modernist simplicity that served as a home for her exquisite collection of modern art that today draws tourists and art lovers from around the world. Each vivid life story is accompanied by previously unseen materials from family archives, weaving an intricate history of these legendary art world eccentrics.

The Riviera at War

World War II on the Cote de Azur

Author: George G. Kundahl

Publisher: I.B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781784538712

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 336

View: 6042

In this riveting first-time history of World War II in the French Riviera, author and retired US Army General George G. Kundahl combines a military man's eye for the tactical aspects of the conflict, with a storyteller's voice for relating the complicated layers of the battles that raged among the many armies that fought in the area during the war, including the French resistance, the Allies, and the Nazis and Italian Fascists. During World War II, three distinct forces opposed the Allies: Germany, Italy, and Japan. Few areas of the world experienced domination by more than a single one of these, but southeastern France - the region popularly known as the Riviera or Cote d'Azur - was one. Not only did inhabitants suffer through Italian Fascism and German Nazism, but also under a third hardship at times even more oppressive: the rule of Vichy France. Following a nine-month prelude, the reality of World War II burst onto the Riviera in June 1940, when the region had to defend itself against the Italian army. The war ended in April 1945, with a battle against German and Italian forces, meaning the Riviera fought longer than any other part of France. Kundahl's extensive work on the book included reviews of press records, military documents, and official reports, as well as archival and library research in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, California, London, Paris, and throughout the south of France. More than 30 individuals were interviewed, including those with family on the Vichy and Resistance sides, with the author sifting through the complex nature of memory in an occupied country to present an incredible story of little-known battles, resistance tactics, and more anecdotes of the war that will fascinate Francophiles and WWII historians alike. An area of France renowned for its Mediterranean resorts (including Cannes, where the film festival was first promoted in 1939, before the war), the Riviera would become a little-known battlefront that featured years of fighting. The result is a book that tells for the first time the full story of World War II on the French Riviera, and includes dozens of previously unseen sources and photographs. Essential reading for anyone interested in wartime France and the history of World War II.

Travels Through the French Riviera

An Artist’s Guide to the Storied Coastline, from Menton to Saint-Tropez

Author: Virginia Johnson

Publisher: Artisan Books

ISBN: 1579657370

Category: Travel

Page: 208

View: 4667

In this irresistible marriage of watercolorist’s sketchbook and traveler’s guide, Virginia Johnson lovingly captures the magic of one of the world’s most storied regions, the French Riviera. We walk the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Shop for handmade sandals at Rondini in Saint-Tropez. Visit the Madoura workshop in Antibes, where Picasso discovered his genius for pottery. Meet legendary characters like Pierre Gruneberg, a swimming instructor who taught Jean Cocteau, Brigitte Bardot, Paul McCartney, and many others. Saturated with the limpid colors of sea and sun, the dazzling greens of verdant gardens, and the rose and ochre of sunbaked villas and joyous with paisleys and blue-striped sailor’s shirts and the riotous look of a patisserie window filled with confections, Travels Through the French Riviera is a gift book of visual wonder, the souvenir every Francophile will want. But it is also a quirky yet singularly useful travel guide, whether showing how to order coffee like a local, plan a beach day at Menton, or hike the Cap Ferrat peninsula or where to taste the best ice cream in Antibes (at Amarena—try the mint).

French Riviera

Living Well Was the Best Revenge

Author: Xavier Girard

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9782843233661

Category: Travel

Page: 196

View: 1156

The French Riviera of the 20s and 30s, and the celebrities and artists who lived there.

Fatal Inheritance

Author: Rachel Rhys

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 0143783211

Category:

Page: 400

View: 9429

An intoxicating novel set in 1948, about dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against a backdrop of all-day pool parties, cocktails and glamour on the seductive French Riviera. 'But don't you think it strange?' she presses him. 'That this man I have never heard of should have left me such a gift?' It's 1948, and Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey London suburb. Then, out of the blue, she receives a solicitor's letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance. And to find out more, she must to travel to the glittering French Riviera. There Eve discovers that her legacy is an enchanting pale pink villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Suddenly her life could not be more glamorous. But while she rubs shoulders with film-stars and famous writers, under the heat of the golden sun, rivals to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge. Rivals who want her out of the way. Alone in this beguiling paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest - before events turn deadly . . . 'Thrilling, seductive, utterly absorbing' Paula Hawkins on A Dangerous Crossing 'An exquisite story of love, murder, adventure and dark secrets' Lisa Jewell on A Dangerous Crossing

The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family

Author: Mary S. Lovell

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393076103

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 640

View: 5314

"Fascinating, the way all great family stories are fascinating."—Robert Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the world wars. Jessica was a Communist; Debo became the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; beautiful Diana married the Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; and Unity, a close friend of Hitler, shot herself in the head when England and Germany declared war. The Mitfords had style and presence and were mercilessly gifted. Above all, they were funny—hilariously and mercilessly so. In this wise, evenhanded, and generous book, Mary Lovell captures the vitality and drama of a family that took the twentieth century by storm and became, in some respects, its victims.

Rick Steves Provence & the French Riviera

Author: Rick Steves,Steve Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1641710284

Category: Travel

Page: 555

View: 7864

Stroll breathtaking coastlines, explore Roman ruins, and soak up the sun: with Rick Steves on your side, Provence and the French Riviera can be yours! Inside Rick Steves Provence & the French Riviera you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Provence and the Riviera Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Top sights and hidden gems, from the Pont du Gard aqueduct and impressionist masterpieces, to warm stone villages and cozy wineries How to connect with local culture: Relax at a waterfront café, dive into a bowl of bouillabaisse, and watch fishermen sail back to the harbor Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight The best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a glass of Provençal wine Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums Detailed maps for exploring on the go Useful resources including a packing list, a French phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 500 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Complete, up-to-date information on Arles, Avignon, Orange and the Côtes du Rhône, Nice, Monaco, Antibes, the Inland Riviera, and more Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Provence & the French Riviera. Spending more time in France? Try Rick Steves Best of France.

Bonjour Tristesse

And, a Certain Smile. Franoise Sagan

Author: Françoise Sagan

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

ISBN: 9780141198750

Category: First loves

Page: 240

View: 5049

Published when she was only eighteen, Françoise Sagan's astonishing first novel, Bonjour Tristessebecame an instant bestseller. It tells the story of Cécile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until, one hot summer on the Riviera, he decides to remarry - with devastating consequences. In A Certain SmileDominique, a young woman bored with her lover, begins an encounter with an older man that unfolds in unexpected and troubling ways. These stylish, shimmering and amoral tales had explicit sexual scenes removed for English publication in the 1950s. Now this fresh and accurate new translation presents the uncensored text of Sagan's masterpieces in full for the first time. A New Translation by Heather Lloyd With an Introduction by Rachel Cusk 'Françoise Sagan is the French F. Scott Fitzgerald.' Guardian 'Funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French.' The Times

The French Riviera in the 1920's

Author: Xavier Girard

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9781614282563

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 1766

The French Riviera of the 1920s and early '30s was a haven for artists and writers from the far reaches of the world. This book revitalizes the now-legendary tale of personalities such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso, Picabia, Cocteau, and Gerald and Sara Murphy as they are caught between a desire for creation, the quest for happiness, and the looming darkness of World War II. Extraordinary images taken from personal archives reanimate the lifestyles and artwork of some of the most influential artists of the twentiety century.

Rosie's Little Café on the Riviera

Author: Jennifer Bohnet

Publisher: HQ

ISBN: 9780008246075

Category: Man-woman relationships

Page: 384

View: 4399

Escape to the French coast this summer with Jennifer Bohnet's deliciously uplifting read. A summer of taking chances! Rosie Hewitt's dream of opening a little French caf� on the Riviera is finally coming true. She's giving up on love and instead chasing her own perfect recipe for happiness... Only, she never expected the oh-so-sexy, award-winning chef, Sebastian Groc, to set up his restaurant next door - or for his freshly-baked croissants to smell quite so delicious. But with just a few days until she opens her doors and all her sugar-coated dreams crumbling around her, Rosie isn't prepared to give up without a fight! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Ellen Berry and Caroline Roberts. Praise for Jennifer Bohnet: 'A beautiful book, a perfect read for when you need a little bit of sunshine to help you through your day.' - Book Worm Mummy'Jennifer Bohnet took me away into a sunny world full of surprises! I read the entire book in one sitting.' - Urban Book Reviews'A great holiday read to chase away the winter blues.' - Lesley Newton (Good Housekeeping)'I loved it so much that I read it in one sitting!' - Alison Alcroft (NetGalley Reviewer)'A fun, feel-good story to lift the gloom of an English winter!' - Bev Humphrey (NetGalley Reviewer)'A perfect holiday book, I felt like I was in the South of France sipping a glass of wine!' - Alison Robinson (NetGalley Reviewer)