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The Riviera Set by Mary S. Lovell(Little, Brown, £25)
Its two charismatic owners dominate the narrative: Maxine Elliott, a self-made American millionaire, and legendary playboy Prince Aly Khan.
The daughter of a Maine sea captain, Maxine became an actress, managed a theatre company and built her own theatre, acquiring a fortune in the process. As an arriviste, Maxine was initially spurned by American society. But she sailed to the top in Britain, becoming a close friend of Edward VII and being invited to the coronation of his son George V in 1911.
In 1930, Maxine built Château de l’Horizon,... read more
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