The Secret Life of the Savoy

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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. This book tells their story through three generations: Richard (a showman who made his fortune from the Gilbert and Sullivan operas), Rupert (who expanded the D’Oyly Carte empire through two world wars and the roaring twenties), and Bridget (the reluctant heiress and last of the family line).

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‘A real triumph, beautifully written, with many wonderful stories of the Savoy.’ Lady Anne Glenconner, author of Lady in Waiting

‘An elegantly crafted, yet spritely and sparkling book, perfectly befitting its subject.’ – Ophelia Field, author of The Favourite

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.

“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.”

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Weight 0.26 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2.8 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

352

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

647.940942132 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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