Mary S. Lovell's book (right) is a portrait of high society in the twentieth century, told through the stories of the guests of Maxine Elliott and Prince Aly Khan at the Chateau de l'Horizon in Cannes. Pictured in left image, Ann Woodward (center) in 1948 at Chateau L'Horizon, property of Prince Aly Khan (bottom left) who would wed Rita Hayworth (bottom right) the next year. Top left is Bonnie Edwards Manville Babst Wilson Beigel, the wife of movie executive Charles Beigel.
From Knobbly Knees contests to exotic cocktails and whale blubber pies, holiday camps meant ordinary people could enjoy a fun-packed break, whatever the weather... How Butlin's cheered up Britain!
Billy Butlin, a Canadian born in 1899 in South Africa, first had the idea for his holiday camps between the wars. He noticed that in Britain it always rained, and yet families were locked out of their dismal boarding houses during the day and had absolutely nothing to do. 'Everyone has a right to leisure', he insisted, not only the idle rich, who anyway could always escape the downpours by travelling abroad.
Poor little rich boy whose only friend was the butler: Guinness heir Tara Browne's death in a car crash aged 21 inspired one of the Beatles' greatest ever hits
Tara Browne must be one of the few people who is more famous for dying than he ever was in life. In December 1966, a Lotus Elan driven at speed by Browne crashed into another car in South Kensington. Two hours later, he died of his injuries, aged just 21. John Lennon read about his death and wrote A Day In The Life, the climax of what's generally reckoned to be The Beatles' masterpiece, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.