Before you go on that well-deserved holiday, there are a few things to remember: passport, towel, swimming costume – and most importantly – the Beach Book.
No more hastily buying an airport paperback that will inevitably have you dozing off in the sun only to wake up lobster-like 4 hours later. Instead, we’ve done a little prep to bring you the ultimate summer reads to absorb you as you (safely) absorb those rays.
The Unfinished Palazzo is a dazzling account of the lives of three passionate and unconventional women who, each in turn, were captivated by a half-built Venetian palazzo’s spirit of fairytale abandonment and made it their home as well as a stage on which to re-fashion their lives. From a proto-Lady Gaga, to the British socialite who became Cara Delenvigne’s great aunt, to the art collector who has her name on one of the most celebrated art galleries in the world – these were some of the most rebellious, inventive women of the 20th Century and they have some tantalising tales to tell.