September 2016

This is a quick update motivated by the request of a reader who was concerned because I have not posted since 2013. I apologise – it was due to health issues, research and work for a new book, and several winters abroad.  And to be perfectly honest, I had better confess I had forgotten how to access my blog until I looked it up this moning!

Although the same problems of ill health and work pressures prevented me from doing any public appearances in 2016, I am making an exception for a local talk at Goodworth Clatford, nr Andover, Hampshire on Thursday September 29th 2016 at The Bookbarn (2.30).  This will be an author interview with no presentation, but with a good long audience Q & A session on the subject of The Mitford Sisters. Come along and ask any questions you wish.

I have just competed my latest book: THE RIVIERA SET  (which is a similar type of book to THE MITFORD SISTERS and THE CHURCHILLS – both of which have proved so successful).  I append a photo of the draft jacket and you can see an alternative one (it’s not yet decided) on

   The Riviera Set is the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château 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 sea captain from Maine, who became an international star of stage and early film, who captured the heart of the King of England, and eventually built the beautiful art deco Château which 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 Château 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.
Early review:  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.



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