Celeste

Celeste

The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer

by Roland Perry

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/2016

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The true story of the Countess Céleste de Chabrillan is a rich and tempestuous tale of an extraordinary woman.

Born in the gutters of Paris in 1824, Céleste made her name as a dancer in the Parisian dance halls, where it is said she invented the can-can. Then, as an equestrienne at the Paris hippodrome, her daring feats on horseback thrilled the crowds. However, it was as the city’s most celebrated courtesan that the young Parisian found genuine fame and fortune. Strikingly beautiful and charismatic, her lovers included famous novelists, artists and composers, not least Georges Bizet, whom, many believe, based his free and fearless Carmen on Céleste.

But when Céleste married the Count de Chabrillan, a prominent member of the French aristocracy, Parisian society was scandalised. And when the pair turned up in far off Australia, where the count served as the first French consul, Melbourne society was scandalised in turn.

Later a bestselling memoirist, novelist, playwright and librettist, the remarkable Countess Céleste de Chabrillan was, indeed, a woman far ahead of her time.

ISBN:
9780733335082
9780733335082
Category:
Biography: general
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-09-2016
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
400
Dimensions (mm):
235x155x30mm
Weight:
0.56kg
Roland Perry

Roland Perry is an award-winning author, journalist and documentary-maker, best known for his writing on Australian military and sporting history.

His books include Bradman's Invincibles, The Fight For Australia, Monash: The Outside Who Won The War, The Australian Light Horse, The Changi Brownlow, biographies of cricketers Keith Miller and Shane Warne, his highly praised life of Don Bradman, as well as the recent bestsellers Bill The Bastard and Horrie The War Dog.

Roland Perry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, for services to literature, in 2011.

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