Chanel's Riviera

Chanel's Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Cote d'Azur, 1930-1944

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 13/06/2019
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Synopsis

Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsey to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe. It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict. Featuring a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dali, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Eileen Gray and Edith Wharton, with the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart, Chanel's Riviera is a captivating account of a period that saw some of the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the whole of the twentieth century. From Chanel's first summer at her Roquebrune villa La Pausa (in the later years with her German lover) amid the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos in Antibes, Nice and Cannes to the horrors of evacuation and the displacement of thousands of families during the Second World War, Chanel's Riviera explores the fascinating world of the Cote d'Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s. Enriched with much original research, it is social history that brings the experiences of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474608190
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 540g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 34 mm

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Chanel's Riviera
Paradise to hell....
Anne de Courcy shows us a brilliantly described and fully researched view of the Riviera before and after the war. The Riviera before the war was a hot sp... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Chanel's Riviera
Red Joan: "What I did for Love".
Cambridge Russian spy from World War Ii caught in her late years accused for crime. Moved into tears, every page, by young love in Beautiful Cambridge. Joa... READ MORE
Erika Östman
Chanel's Riviera
Very evocative
Well written account of a world by turns fabulous and sinister. Grace under pressure.
Stephen Masters
Chanel's Riviera
Chanel, the Lady with an Eye of Fashion.
Gabrielle and her thrilling life is never boring. From the beginning to the end, class and control formed Chanel to rich, famous woman in design. I just lo... READ MORE
Erika Östman
Chanel's Riviera
Well worth a read!
I devoured this book! As someone who lives in Cannes it was a fabulous read as some of the things that she talks about happened literally 100m from my fron... READ MORE
Grace