The Secret Life Of The Savoy

Author: Olivia Williams
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472269780
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THE STORY OF THE SAVOY HOTEL'S FOUNDERS, THROUGH A CENTURY OF LUXURY "For The Gondoliers-themed birthday dinner, the hotel obligingly flooded the courtyard to conjure the Grand Canal of Venice. Dinner was served on a silk-lined floating gondola, real swans were swimming in the water, and as a final flourish, a baby elephant borrowed from London Zoo pulled a five-foot high birthday cake." In three generations, the D'Oyly Carte family pioneered the luxury hotel and the modern theatre, propelled Gilbert and Sullivan to lasting stardom, made Oscar Wilde a transatlantic celebrity, inspired a P. G. Wodehouse series, and popularised early jazz, electric lights and Art Deco. Following the history of the iconic Savoy Hotel through three generations of the D'Oyly Carte family, The Secret Life of the Savoy revives an extroardinary cultural legacy. 'An elegantly crafted, yet spritely and sparkling book, perfectly befitting its subject. Williams uses group biography to beautifully illuminate some of London's greatest hotel and theatre landmarks.' Ophelia Field, author of The Favourite 'A thoroughly entertaining account of some of London's most treasured history, with its beloved The Savoy at the heart of a fascinating and delightful plot. Bravo to Olivia Williams and her fantastically colourful cast of characters.' - Lady Kinvara Balfour, director and producer 'A cracking good read and a fascinating story that - amazingly - has not been told before.' Fiona Duncan, the Telegraph 'This is a fascinating story, and it could not be better told. Elegant, great fun, and with a finely-judged personal touch: much like the Savoy hotel itself.' - Laura Thompson, bestselling author of Agatha Christie and The Mitford Sisters
The Secret Life of the Savoy
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Olivia Williams
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09-03 - Publisher: Hachette UK

THE STORY OF THE SAVOY HOTEL'S FOUNDERS, THROUGH A CENTURY OF LUXURY "For The Gondoliers-themed birthday dinner, the hotel obligingly flooded the courtyard to conjure the Grand Canal of Venice. Dinner was served on a silk-lined floating gondola, real swans were swimming in the water, and as a final flourish,
Showmen, Socialites and the Savoy
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Olivia Williams
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-14 - Publisher:

In 1889, Victorian impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte opened The Savoy, Britain's first luxury hotel. Allowing the rich to live like royalty, it attracted glamour, scandal and a cast of eccentric characters, with the D'Oyly Carte family elevated to a unique vantage point on high society. The Secret Life of the
The Secret Life of the Savoy
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Olivia Williams
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-01 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The captivating story of the famed Savoy Hotel’s founders, told through three generations—and one hundred years—of glamour and high society. For the gondoliers-themed birthday dinner, the hotel obligingly flooded the courtyard to conjure the Grand Canal of Venice. Dinner was served on a silk-lined floating gondola, real swans were swimming
The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde
Language: en
Pages: 736
Authors: Neil McKenna
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-02-28 - Publisher: Random House

‘I have put my genius into my life but only my talent into my work’. So said Oscar Wilde of his remarkable life – a life more complex, more erotic, more troubled and more triumphant than any of his contemporaries ever knew or suspected. Neil McKenna’s The Secret Life of
The Secret Life of a Schoolgirl
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Rosemary Kingsland
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-12-18 - Publisher: Crown

The Secret Life of a Schoolgirl is an extraordinary memoir—a jewel. Rosemary Kingsland was born in India during the dying days of the British Raj. While there, she and her family lived a life of privilege. But with the fall of the Raj, they were forced to return to England,