Swans

Legends of the Jet Society

Author: Nicholas Foulkes,Nick Foulkes

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9781614281283

Category: Art

Page: 296

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Conjuring images of exotic global destinations and golden beaches, clandestine rendezvous on opulent yachts, and star-studded parties in palatial mansions, the words ?jet set” were once the epitome of soigné worldly glamour. Swans: Legends of the Jet Society captures the spirit of this world, the last vestiges of a leisured and cultivated age, a world of taste and culture, elegance and beauty. From bygone aristocracy to modern mega-wealthy moguls, this stunning volume regales with escapades of travel, money, romance, and adventure. By Nicholas foulkes
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Patek Philippe

Author: Nicholas Foulkes

Publisher: Preface Publishing

ISBN: 9781848094628

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Page: 640

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Patek Philippe & Co. the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer was founded in 1839 and remains to this day a family owned company (it was acquired in the 1930s by the Stern family). It designs and manufactures some of the world's most complicated and expensive mechanical watches and is widely considered the most prestigious watch brand in the world. Amongst many firsts, Patek was the first company to make a wrist watch and in 1933 Patek Philippe produced the first ultra-complicated (24 function) pocket-watch for Henry Graves, Jr., known as 'The Supercomplication'. The watch was auctioned at Sotheby's in November 2014 for $24,000,000, the most expensive timepiece ever sold. In 2014 it was revealed that Brad Pitt had paid $3m for a rare Patek Philippe 'J.B. Champion Observatory watch' as a gift for Angelina Jolie. Patek have commissioned Preface and Penguin Random House to create the definitive history of the company to celebrate their 175 anniversary. Overseen personally by owner Philippe Stern, Patek have opened their unique archive of timepieces and given the author complete access to their museum in Geneva. Patek have created a new archive of photographs especially for the book. Two years in preparation, this book is eagerly awaited by the millions of watch collectors around the world and will garner as much fanfair as the launch of one of their prestigious new designs.
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Swan Song

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019

Author: Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473543932

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION ‘The new Donna Tartt.’ Vogue 'Brilliantly captures Capote’s acid wit and his dramatic downfall.' The Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR 'A dazzlingly assured first novel... This clever book, with the moreish astringency of a negroni, is a perfect summer cocktail.' - Sunday Times 'A whirlwind of a first novel. There is great pathos in the Swans’ woundings and in their inevitable decline. And the character of Truman himself shimmers through the novel in a wonderful blaze of eccentricity and excess. Outstanding.' – Rose Tremain ___________________________ They told him everything. He told everyone else. Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatán beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely. In the autumn of 1975, after two decades of intimate friendships, Truman Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltrate. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? Whatever the motive, one thing remains indisputable: nine years after achieving wild success with In Cold Blood, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons . . . Words. A dazzling debut about the line between gossip and slander, self-creation and self-preservation, SWAN SONG is the tragic story of the literary icon of his age and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans. ‘Writers write. And one can’t be surprised if they write what they know.’ ______________________________ 'A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skilful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.' – William Boyd 'Scandalous, frenetic, amusing and tragic.' – Daily Mail 'Our generation’s The Secret History' – Pendora 'Brilliantly written, deeply researched, funny, sharp and moving.' – Kate Williams, bestselling author of Josephine
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Myths and Legends Explained

The world's most enduring myths and legends explored and expained

Author: Neil Philip

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 1405334703

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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This beautifully presented book offers a stimulating approach to the timeless, universal stories that are central to every culture. More than 50 compelling myths and legends from around the world are explained through stunning works of art and ancient artefacts, each supported by informative text and comprehensive annotation. Presented country by country, the book offers a fascinating guide to the amazing characters of world mythology and to the cultures that created them. The fantastic world of fables and sagas this book discusses will delight enthusiasts and general readers alike.
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The Alaska Almanac

Facts about Alaska

Author: Alaska Northwest Alaska Northwest Publishing

Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books

ISBN: 9780882405209

Category: Alaska

Page: 240

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Celebrating 23 years in print, this edition features fun, fact-filled information about geography, history, economy, and cultures of the northernmost state. Maps & illustrations throughout.
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Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
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