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Great Reads for June ...
Impressions is a small collection of traditional formal poetry by Dr. Paul T.M. Jackson, inspired by quiet moments and observations - whether they occurred while cycling through Provence, rambling in Wales, trekking through Galicia, hunting for castles in Corsica, or even on a pirogue in the Amazon. Jackson enjoys sharing these moments with his readers, and hopes these carefully crafted poems helps them find their own 'poetic eye'.
Staff favourite for June
In 1926 Barry Dierks, a young American architect, arrived in Paris and fell in love with France… With his partner, an ex-officer in the British Army, he built a white, flat-roofed Modernist masterpiece that rested on the rocks below the Esterel, with views across the Mediterranean. They called it Le Trident. From the moment it was built, it captivated Riviera society. As commissions for more villas flooded in, Barry Dierks and Eric Sawyer, “those two charmers”, flourished at the heart of Riviera society. Over the years, Dierks would design and build over 70 of the Riviera’s most recognisable villas for clients ranging from Somerset Maugham’s Villa Mauresque and Jack Warner’s Villa Aujourd’hui to the Marquess of Cholmondeley’s Villa Le Roc, and Maxine Elliott’s Château de l'Horizon, later the home of Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth. Riviera Dreaming tells the dazzling story of the lives, loves and adventures that played out behind the walls of these glamorous houses and provides an unparalleled portrait of life on the Côte d’Azur at the height of the Jazz Age.
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