Anne De Courcy: Chanel’s Riviera - Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Côte d’Azur, 1930-1944

Wed 9 Oct
12:30 - 13:30
The Guildhall

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Anne de Courcy combines the perseverance of a social historian with the panache of a novelist
— The Times

Far from worrying about the onset of war, the burning question on the French Riviera in 1938 was whether one should curtsey to the Duchess of Windsor.

It was a golden, glamorous life, seemingly far removed from politics or conflict. Featuring a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Salvador Dalí, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Edith Wharton, and Winston Churchill, with the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart, Chanel’s Riviera explores the fascinating world of the Cote d'Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s.

Compulsively readable, and immaculately researched... Popular social history at its very best
— Mail on Sunday