Glamour Boy: The Life and Times of Philip Sassoon

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The story of a fascinating man who connected the great politicians, artists and thinkers at the height of British global power and influence.

A famed aesthete and patron, Philip Sassoon's world was one of luxury and classic English elegance with oriental flair. He gathered a social set that would provide inspiration for Brideshead Revisited. At his famous parties you might find Winston Churchill arguing over the tea cups with George Bernard Shaw, the Prince of Wales playing tennis with Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward mingling with flamingos and Lawrence of Arabia and Rex Whistler painting murals as the party carried on around him.

But Philip Sassoon was not just a wealthy aesthete. He worked at the right hand of Douglas Haig during the First World War and then for Prime Minister Lloyd George for the settlement of the peace. He was close to King Edward VIII during the abdication crisis, and Minister for the Air Force in the 1930s. And neither was he wholly ‘English’. The heir of a family of wealthy Jewish traders from the souks of Baghdad, Philip craved acceptance from the English establishment, many of whom thought him both foreign and too exotic. He opened his house to his friends but rarely his heart, and as he was almost certainly homosexual.

In ‘Glamour Boy’, Damian Collins explores an extraordinary product of an age; a man who, before dying prematurely aged only 50, in June 1939, Noël Coward called a ‘phenomenon that would never recur’.

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As Philip Sassoon was, Damian Collins is the Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe. Damian read modern history at the University of Oxford and has served as a parliamentary private secretary in the coalition government. His business career before politics was at the M&C Saatchi advertising agency, and he is a co-founder of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network.

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`Impossible not to enjoy', Best Books You May Have Missed, Observer `Enlivened with a rich crop of anecdotes ... Sassoon emerges as a delicate, almost fairytale figure ... as a supreme networker, a dedicated politician and a lover of beautiful things' The Times `Damian Collins has written the first history of Sassoon's life, offering an extraordinary insight into a colourful, quintessential aristocrat' Vanity Fair `Sassoon's legacy was like a rare scent on a pocket handkerchief. Damian Collins has done a good job in assembling the pieces to create a readable and lively picture of this extravagant creature' Literary Review `Sir Phillip Sassoon was an extraordinary man, whose life vividly illustrates how politics changed' New Statesman `Damian Collins rehearses the party life of his subject, but it's the political life that fascinates him' Country Life

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