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Alexis: The Memoirs of the Baron De Redé Edited by Hugo Vickers

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Baron Alexis De Redé  lived his life at the heart of the beau monde in Paris.  Hugo Vickers describes him in his foreword as 'a man who led an eighteenth century life in the twenty-first century', and he was never far from the epicentre of high society.  His friendships were many and diverse including Salvador Dali, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Yves Saint Laurent, Brigitte Bardot, Rudolf Nureyev, Maria Callas, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  In the book he writes of his traumatic childhood, his lone voyage to the United States and how he caught the eye of Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, one of Europe's most enigmatic figures, with whom he restored the Hotel Lambert in Paris.  He talks of his close friendship with Arturo and his friendship with legendary queen of Paris society Marie-Helene de Rothschild.  The book is illustrated with images from his own collection, and is a really fascinating look at his quite unique and extraordinary life.