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5 March 2005

12:00 AM

5 March 2005

12:00 AM

Alexis: The Memoirs of the Baron de Redé edited by Hugo Vickers

The Dovecote Press, pp.174, 45

The French no longer keep diaries or go in much for social memoirs. They take their secrets with them to the grave, which is why so many of the best accounts of postwar Paris social life are Anglo-Saxon. It is therefore all the more extraordinary to read this memoir dictated from the pinnacle of Parisian social life by the Baron Alexis de Redé before he died in July 2004. Living closeted in the most beautiful of all h


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