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The Secret Life of the Savoy: Glamour and Intrigue at the World's Most Famous Hotel

The Secret Life of the Savoy: Glamour and Intrigue at the World's Most Famous Hotel

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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 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 and London's Savoy Hotel pioneered the idea of the luxury hotel and the modern theater, propelled Gilbert and Sullivan to lasting stardom, made Oscar Wilde a transatlantic celebrity, inspired a P. G. Wodehouse series, and popularized 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 brings to life the extraordinary cultural legacy of the most famous hotel in the world.

Author: Olivia Williams
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Published: 06/01/2021
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.30w x 1.40d
ISBN: 9781643137384

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 04/19/2021
Booklist 05/15/2021 pg. 9

About the Author
Olivia Williams graduated with a Master's in Modern History from Oxford University. She has been a guest on Bloomberg, Sky Arts, and CBS News. She is contributing writer to The Economist, House & Garden, and the Evening Standard. This is her first book to be published in America.

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