Miranda Seymour

Regret, guilt and exhilaration

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HIGH SEASON IN NICE

Robert Kanigel

Little, Brown, pp. 316, £

EDITH WHARTON'S FRENCH RIVIERA

by Philippe Collas and Eric Villedary
Flammarion, £22.50, pp. 149, ISBN 2080107224

London, even in normal years, is rained on for 150 days to Nice's 60; it receives a paltry 1,500 hours of sunlight in comparison to Nice's enviable 2,700. And yet, despite the town's proud boast of having 1,000 hotels and 3,000 restaurants, most passengers arriving on the 170 flights which land daily at Nice airport are heading for another part of the C