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The great and the good from every tribe of London society turned out last night to celebrate the launch of Nicholas Coleridge's new book, Deadly Sins. (The guests were committing at least three of the seven at any given moment.)
See pictures from the party here.
Although there are a couple of dry extracts from official reports, the bulk of Panic! consists of ground-breaking reports, enlightening interviews and supple commentary. It even includes a couple of satirical pieces.
As Michael Wolff notes in his intriguing new biography of Murdoch, the agreement about the Wall Street Journal was ‘publicly and shamelessly ignored’. Murdoch knows that promises to protect editorial integrity are as weak and unenforceable as they are vague and ambiguous, so he has few qualms about giving them.
Every financial-services firm pays homage to the importance of ‘teamwork’, regardless of the reality behind the rhetoric. When I was a lawyer on Wall Street, it was almost a truism that the people who talked most about the importance of being a ‘team player’ were those most out for themselves and the most likely to stab you in the back.
You’ll be expecting Tom Ford, of course. But there isn’t a word about him here. How could you publish a book about the Guccis in 2008 without a single mention of Tom Ford?
‘The little gnomes of Zurich’ was a phrase famously used by prime minister Harold Wilson in 1964 to describe Swiss bankers whom he suspected of speculating against the pound. Hans Julius Baer, author of this expansive autobiography, is in the nicest possible way rather a big gnome of Zurich.
Elsa Maxwell was a 20th-century phenomenon. If the event-management business wanted a patroness saint, then she fits the bill better than anyone, having thrown about 3,000 parties in her lifetime and attended many more.
Nominees in six categories of the fifth annual Spear's Book Awards have been announced. The awards, which cover everything from finance to fiction, will be presented at a lunch in late September
Are the English uniquely class-conscious? Does it display itself in our manners, the manneredness of our manners?
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