Chanel's Riviera

Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944 by Anne de Courcy

  • Published: Aug 11, 2020

"Narrator Sophie Roberts's strong, polished, highly sophisticated voice effectively conveys the aura of fashionable society but maintains a firm narrative objectivity. Droll, fascinating, full of memorable characters and anecdotes, here is a... read more

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Details of Chanel's Riviera

Exact title of the book
Chanel's Riviera
Book author
Anne de Courcy
ISBN
9781250258519
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Feb 11, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Narrator Sophie Roberts's strong, polished, highly sophisticated voice effectively conveys the aura of fashionable society but maintains a firm narrative objectivity. Droll, fascinating, full of memorable characters and anecdotes, here is a perspective on a world and time that moved from drawing-room comedy to the private dramas of war and occupation." AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner In this captivating narrative, Chanels Riviera explores the fascinating world of the Cote dAzur during a period that saw the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the twentieth century. The Cote dAzur in 1938 was a world of wealth, luxury, and extravagance, inhabited by a sparkling cast of characters including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Joseph P.

Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Colette, the Mitfords, Picasso, Cecil Beaton, and Somerset Maugham. The elite flocked to the Riviera each year to swim, gamble, and escape from the turbulence plaguing the rest of Europe. At the glittering center of it all was Coco Chanel, whose very presence at her magnificently appointed villa, La Pausa, made it the ultimate place to be.

Born an orphan, her beauty and formidable intelligence allured many men, but it was her incredible talent, relentless work ethic, and exquisite taste that made her an icon. But this wildly seductive world was poised on the edge of destruction. In a matter of months, the Nazis swooped down and the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos gave way to the horrors of evacuation and the displacement of thousands of families during World War II.

From the bitter struggle to survive emerged powerful stories of tragedy, sacrifice, and heroism. Enriched by original research and de Courcys signature skill, Chanels Riviera brings the experiences of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life. A Macmillan Audio production from St.

Martin's Press

About author

de Courcy is the author of thirteen widely acclaimed works of social history and biography, including 1939 THE LAST SEASON, MARGOT AT WAR, THE FISHING FLEET, THE VICEROY'S DAUGHTERS and DEBS AT WAR. Her books DIANA MOSLEY and SNOWDON; THE BIOGRAPHY were turned into television documentaries, while THE HUSBAND HUNTERS has been optioned for a feature film. She lives in London and Gloucestershire.

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