An Evening on Chanel’s Riviera – with Anne de Courcy and Rosie Goldsmith

Date: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly

Join Anne de Courcy in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith as we explore Coco Chanel’s life and loves on the French Riviera.

Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsey to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe.

It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict, with a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dali, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Eileen Gray and Edith Wharton. And the enigmatic Coco Chanel was at its heart.

This evening Anne de Courcy and Rosie Goldsmith take us on a journey to the Cote d’Azur of the 1930s and 40s, the luxuries and the tragedies, the personalities and, of course, the life of one of the most celebrated fashion designers, Coco Chanel.

Tuesday 15th October, 6.30-8pm

Hatchards Piccadilly

£10 tickets are available both in the shop and online here

Anne de Courcy is the author of fourteen acclaimed works of social history and biography including Margot at War, The Fishing Fleet and Debs at War. Chanel’s Riviera is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.


Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist specialising in the arts. She is founding Director of the European Literature Network and a leading UK literature consultant.

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