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Paris 1924: A Guide - Official Book Launch by author Nicholas Whitlam ('62)

Nicholas Whitlam ('62) is a well known businessman, formerly Managing Director, State Bank of NSW, President of the NRMA and Chairman of the Port Authority of NSW. This is his latest book.
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This event has ended however the recording an be watched via this LINK



Register for the Live book launch, An Interview with Nicholas Whitlam conducted by Mark Swivel 

What was it like to visit Paris one hundred years ago, in 1924, when it was the most exciting city in the world? Americans flocked to a city where there was no Prohibition and little inhibition.

The English too. The arts flourished. Convention was challenged, negritude was celebrated and non-conformity widely accepted. Where were the good places to eat and drink? And which among them are still there? Where was the nightlife? The bordellos are long gone, of course, but where were they?

And what were the 1924 "Chariots of Fire" really like? With the centenary of those Games being celebrated in the forthcoming 2024 Paris Olympics, much is still there. What did Chanel, Picasso, Cocteau, Kiki, Hemingway and James Joyce get up to? And Flossie Martin, Nina Hamnett and Duff Twysden too; now there are a few serious players!

All this and more is swept up and revealed in Paris 1924.

If you are interested in history and travel - and Paris in particular - you should enjoy Paris 1924. In launching his last book, Four Weeks One Summer, the late and wonderful Mark Colvin enthused: “You will be educated, entertained and enriched”.

As a guide to almost everyone’s favourite city, Nicholas hopes this new book is both amusing and insightful. Sometimes even salacious. I commend it to you. And, with Christmas looming, you might know of someone who would like it as a present.

Paris 1924 is printed on high quality paper with many colour illustrations and maps. It will be some weeks before it reaches the bookshops but can be bought right now on-line as a well-presented paperback or in the Kindle edition; here is the Australian link

Nicholas Whitlam, Class of 1962,  is a prominent Australian businessman. He is the second son of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Margaret Whitlam.



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