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Celeste : The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer - Roland Perry

Celeste

The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer

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The true story of the Countess Céleste de Chabrillan is a rich and tempestuous tale of an extraordinary woman.

Born in the gutters of Paris in 1824, Céleste made her name as a dancer in the Parisian dance halls, where it is said she invented the can-can. Then, as an equestrienne at the Paris hippodrome, her daring feats on horseback thrilled the crowds. However, it was as the city’s most celebrated courtesan that the young Parisian found genuine fame and fortune. Strikingly beautiful and charismatic, her lovers included famous novelists, artists and composers, not least Georges Bizet, whom, many believe, based his free and fearless Carmen on Céleste.

But when Céleste married the Count de Chabrillan, a prominent member of the French aristocracy, Parisian society was scandalised. And when the pair turned up in far off Australia, where the count served as the first French consul, Melbourne society was scandalised in turn.

Later a bestselling memoirist, novelist, playwright and librettist, the remarkable Countess Céleste de Chabrillan was, indeed, a woman far ahead of her time.

About the Author

Roland Perry OAM is one of Australia's best-known authors. His books include The Don, the definitive biography of Sir Donald Bradman, Bradman's Invincibles, The Changi Brownlow, The Australian Light Horse, Horrie The War Dog and Bill The Bastard. Celeste is his 30th book.

Review by Caroline Baum

When I started reading this biography of Countess Céleste de Chabrillan I kept doing a double-take, thinking I was reading fiction as it was so full of improbable episodes of scandal, audacity and melodrama. This is a juicy account of the life of a woman whose appetites and daring led her to become one of France’s most celebrated courtesans, when such women wielded tremendous power and were the celebrities du jour.

Along the way she may have invented the can-can. The darling of the dance halls also takes part in death-defying chariot races, has an affair with one of France’s most celebrated writers, and when she’s shocked the seemingly unshockable Parisian society, she does it all again in Melbourne of all places. A riotous romp.

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    • Disappointing
    • Not What I Expected

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      The book seems to be a "Cut & Paste" from Celeste's own memoires. A biography should not contain purpored conversations, or what the characters may be thinking. There has been no additional research on Celeste's time in Australia. If still in print it would be better to but Celeste's original memoires.

       
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      What an amazing life Celeste had!!

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Page-Turner

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        • Travel Reading

        Took this book on holidays recently and couldn't put it down - it was incredible - hard to believe that it was actually a true story. Highly recommend!

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        ISBN: 9780733335082
        ISBN-10: 073333508X
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 400
        Published: 22nd August 2016
        Publisher: ABC Books
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.0
        Weight (kg): 0.57