My Week in Books – 28th July ‘19


New arrivals

Chanels RivieraChanel’s Riveria: The Cote d’Azur in Peace and War, 1930 – 1944 by Anne de Courcy (audiobook)

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. Featuring a sparkling cast of historical figures, writers and artists including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dalí, the Windsors, Aldous Huxley and Edith Wharton – and the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart – Chanel’s Riveria is a sparkling account of a period where such deep extremes of luxury and terror had never before been experienced.

From the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos, to Robert Streitz’s secret wireless transmitter in the basement of La Pausa – Chanel’s villa that he created – while Chanel had her German lover to stay during the war, Chanel’s Riveria explores the fascinating world of the Cote d’Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s, enriched with original research that brings the lives of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life.

Anne de Courcy is appearing at Henley Literary Festival 2019

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Tuesday –  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Settings I’d Like to See More Of.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next…and have a good nose around to see what other bloggers are reading.

Friday – I joined the blog tour for A Cornish Affair by Jo Lambert, sharing my review.

During the week, I also shared some previous reviews of books by authors appearing at this year’s Henley Literary Festival which starts on 28th September – Where The Hornbeam Grows by Beth Lynch and The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins.

As always, thanks to everyone who has liked, commented on or shared my blog posts on social media this week.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Demand Answers
  • Buchan of the Month/Book Review: The Runagates Club by John Buchan
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Motive X by Stefan Ahnhem
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Manipulated Lives by H. A Leuschel
  • Six Degrees of Separation

6 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 28th July ‘19

  1. I’d like to read Chanel’s Riveria as I’m currently reading The Riviera Set by Mary S Lovell and am finding it fascinating. Untitled too has caught my attention.

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