it was lunch at the Savile Club with Peter Evans, the
man who wrote “Nemesis” (click
to order). What?
You haven’t read “Nemesis”?
You’re getting to be in the minority. The book which
came out more than a year ago, maybe two, is a huge seller
although from word of mouth. Only three days ago, someone asked
me if I’d read it — which of course I had (and reviewed
it on these pages). It’s a can’t-put-down account
of the life and the worlds of Jacqueline Onassis, Aristotle
Onassis and all those satellites of their glittering
orbits. It is also shocking (at least to some of us) and in
The question everyone has asked on finishing: “Do you think it’s
true?” Peter Evans who spent ten years on the book and who had worked with
Aristotle Onassis until Jacqueline came along and put a stop to that, believes
it is. It is not so incredible to me. Look at Shakespeare. Look at the world
we live in today; look at what happened to so many of the players in Evans book.
our lunch (grilled filet of sole — excellent) served with
cauliflower, peas and potatoes, followed by a delicious bread
and butter pudding better even
then the one my mother used to make, JH and I took a walk to find a bookstore.
I wanted to buy a book that got a great review in the New York Times Sunday
Book Review — “A Night At the Majestic” about
a dinner that took place in a hotel restaurant in Paris in
1906 attended by Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev,
James Joyce and ... Marcel Proust! It sounds like fiction but better
than ... it was true.
On our way walking down Bond Street we spotted the Graff store
where its windows was stopping so many passersby, just as they
do on Madison Avenue in New York.
Graff is an amazing story, dealing some of the largest, highest quality diamonds
in the world, famous for their colored stones — yellow diamonds, pink diamonds
(they had one on exhibit at Maastricht) and blue diamonds. Someone had told
me a story about a man who had stopped by the London Graff one
day intending to
buy a blue diamond. Before he was finished, he bought the ring and then blue
diamond earrings and then a necklace with a blue diamond pendant, and although
his visit seemed almost on a whim, before he was finished he had spent $20
million! I have a feeling that’s not an unusual story for
Graff, (who, I am very pleased to say, is advertiser on the New
York Social Diary).