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The Gamblers | [John Pearson]

The Gamblers

This is the inside story of the infamous Clermont Set: five friends who became the most stylish and exclusive gamblers in 1960s London. They included the Clermont Club's eccentric founder John Aspinall; Dominic Elwes, who was to betray the set's code of silence; the socialite owner of Annabel's, Mark Birley; flamboyant playboy James Goldsmith; and the infamous Lord "Lucky" Lucan.
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This is the inside story of the infamous Clermont Set: five friends who became the most stylish and exclusive gamblers in 1960s London. They included the Clermont Club's eccentric founder John Aspinall; Dominic Elwes, who was to betray the set's code of silence; the socialite owner of Annabel's, Mark Birley; flamboyant playboy James Goldsmith; and the infamous Lord "Lucky" Lucan. The charisma and wit of these dastardly but debonair millionaires made them invincible in their own eyes, but John Pearson shows how their code led to tragedy, and to one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century: the disappearance of Lord Lucan.

©2005 John Pearson; (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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"Like a galloping Mayfair noir thriller." (The Sunday Times)

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  • Colin
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    7/17/08
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    "for admirers of aristos, the rich, and gamblers"

    If you think that aristocrats, the rich, or gamblers are interesting per se, in the same way that some people think that celebrities are interesting per se, then you just might like this book. I do not find such people interesting simply for what they are, and so I did not find this book interesting.
    It is written like a history, not in the style of a novel, so it has none of the interest of good description, characterization, or thoughtfulness, that a novel might have.
    The reader cannot be faulted. He reads excellently. But, unfortunately, because the content failed to hold my interest, I only found time to listen to about half of this book.
    Some people might like it, but I am not one of them.

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