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The Riviera Set - Mary S. Lovell

Paperback Published: 11th July 2017
ISBN: 9780349139890
Number Of Pages: 432

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A portrait of high society in the twentieth century, told through the stories of the guests of Maxine Elliott and Prince Aly Khan at the Chateau de l'Horizon in Cannes.

The Riviera Set is the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Chateau 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 Chateau 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 Chateau 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.

About the Author

Mary Lovell lists her chief interests as horses, sailing, aviation and book collecting. She enjoys overseas travel and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is the author of four previous biographies including the international bestseller Straight On Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham.

Industry Reviews

Lovell is superb on the great villas of the Riviera - The Times

[A] blissful book - it's like basking in the warm Med - Mail on Sunday

I loved every word - Red

Lovell dissects their lives and curates the interesting parts, bringing together the creme of high society. A sparkling group biography that brings to life a bygone era - The Lady

How the other half lived


From the time I got this book and opened the first page I could barely put it down. What a read, fabulous book full of Yesterday's stars, Royalty, Members of the Aristocracy, Famous politicians all doing what they loved the best partying on the French Riviera. Quite outrageous behaviour at times when breeding was supposed to mean superiority or so it was thought. It reminded me of the story of the Yellow Rolls Royce but this was about a house but bot an ordinary one, it's inhabitants and there secrets. Love this author she writes so well.

Victor Harbor



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ISBN: 9780349139890
ISBN-10: 034913989X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 11th July 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1