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The Secret Life of the Savoy

The Secret Life of the Savoy

and the D'Oyly Carte family

by Olivia Williams
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Publication Date: 03/09/2020
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 Savoy will tell their story through three generations: Richard (the founder, who died in the same year as Queen Victoria), Rupert (a moderniser who saw the hotel through two world wars and the roaring twenties), and Bridget (a Queen-like figure who was one of mid-20th century Britain's wealthiest women).

The book will explore their rollercoaster achievements, lifestyles and private lives, through the prism of this iconic hotel and its many distinguished guests - from Oscar Wilde to the Beatles.

(P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd
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United Kingdom
Olivia Williams

Olivia graduated with a scholarship in Modern History from St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where she remained for her master's degree.

She worked as a journalist before writing her first book Gin Glorious Gin, and now works as a freelance writer living in London.

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