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Mary Lovell is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is the author of eight previous biographies including the bestselling The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family and The Churchills.


"Ostensibly the biography of one mansion-the opulent Chateau de l'Horizon, near Cannes-in Lovell's hands it becomes a history not just of this playground of the rich but of the changing currency of money, beauty, and fame." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Perhaps there was something in what Ms. Lovell calls the `balmy air.' Certainly, apart from Churchill, most of the guests at Chateau de l'Horizon seem to have been oblivious to what was taking place in other parts of Europe and that Hitler, named Chancellor in 1933, was gradually building up his forces. Ms. Lovell does hand out nuggets of fun gossip. Daisy Fellowes once attempted to seduce Churchill by getting him to come to her room. He found her `lying stark naked on a tiger skin.' And declined. But the Riviera remains just as Somerset Maugham once famously called it, `a sunny place for shady people.'" -- The Wall Street Journal
"Lovell packs in as many celebrities as possible, which makes for an entertaining book." -- Kirkus Reviews
"This work embodies a place with personality and panache. Lovell does a fine job in providing the gossip without salaciousness in this well-researched volume. Entertaining and well cited." -- Library Journal
"Lovell presents a textured and meticulously researched history of a scintillating era on the Mediterranean coast." -- Publishers Weekly (starred)

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