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CHARMED LIFE: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon

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by Damian Collins

A famed aesthete and patron, Philip Sassoon’s world was one of luxury and classic English elegance with oriental flair. He gathered a social set that would provide inspiration for Brideshead. There you might find Winston Churchill arguing over the tea cups with George Bernard Shaw, the Prince of Wales playing tennis with Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward mingling with flamingos and Lawrence of Arabia and Rex Whistler painting murals as the party carried on around him.

In Charmed Life, Damian Collins explores an extraordinary product of an age; a man who, before dying prematurely aged only 50, Noël Coward called a ‘phenomenon that would never recur’.

400 pages, paperback

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Author Damian Collins
Publishers William Collins
Year of Publication 2017

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CHARMED LIFE: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon

A famed aesthete and patron, Philip Sassoon’s world was one of luxury and classic English elegance with oriental flair. He gathered a social set that would provide inspiration for Brideshead. There you might find Winston Churchill arguing over the tea cups with George Bernard Shaw, the Prince of Wales playing tennis with Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward mingling with flamingos and Lawrence of Arabia and Rex Whistler painting murals as the party carried on around him.
But Philip Sassoon was not just a wealthy aesthete. He worked at the right hand of Douglas Haig during the First World War and then for Prime Minister Lloyd George for the settlement of the peace. He was close to King Edward VIII during the abdication crisis, and Minister for the Air Force in the 1930s. He opened his house to his friends but rarely his heart, as he was almost certainly homosexual. In Charmed Life, Damian Collins explores an extraordinary product of an age; a man who, before dying prematurely aged only 50, Noël Coward called a ‘phenomenon that would never recur’.

400 pages, paperback

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CHARMED LIFE: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon

CHARMED LIFE: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon

by Damian Collins

A famed aesthete and patron, Philip Sassoon’s world was one of luxury and classic English elegance with oriental flair. He gathered a social set that would provide inspiration for Brideshead. There you might find Winston Churchill arguing over the tea cups with George Bernard Shaw, the Prince of Wales playing tennis with Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward mingling with flamingos and Lawrence of Arabia and Rex Whistler painting murals as the party carried on around him.

In Charmed Life, Damian Collins explores an extraordinary product of an age; a man who, before dying prematurely aged only 50, Noël Coward called a ‘phenomenon that would never recur’.

400 pages, paperback