London. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 1958. First edition. Red cloth hardback, dust jacket. 247 pages. 16 hors texte black-and-white plates and numerous text illustrations. Jacket designed by Mark Chinnery. 220 x 150mm (8¾ x 6"). 0.5kg. . English. Very good; light shelf wear to jacket, worn at head and base of spine, a short tear along the fold of the front edge; not price-clipped, no inscriptions, a clean copy.
Beverley Nichols' nostalgic look at the decade that brought us the Bright Young Things and the Charleston. He focuses on the highs (and occasional lows) of society and the artistic circles of the 1920s, with chapters such as 'Cause celebre', 'The hostess with the mostest', 'Sex - and a song' and 'Let's all go down the Strand'. There are appearances from the likes of Edith Sitwell, Fred Astaire, Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Cecil Beaton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elinor Glyn, Syrie Maugham, Lady Colefax, Lady Mendl and Lord Berners. An amusing, gossipy read.