On the Riviera: A Novel
“But I think that Life, and with that I also mean Love, comes first...it’s the only thing that one has in the final seconds...the knowledge that one has had time, and sense, to live, breath, love and enjoy the time one has been given... I expect that all sounds a bit soppy me sitting on a hill in France and not being in a lovely lane near Cockshott! But I do KNOW, I have been there myself...and I have never been surer. For me, at any rate.”DIRK BOGARDE
In the south of France, when the Scott Fitzgeralds, the Murphys, Picasso, and Jean Cocteau lived and worked during the Jazz Age, the French Riviera became famous. Now, Nicole Bennett goes there to retrace their steps and try to discover who followed after them.
Disenchanted with her award-winning acting career as well as her one-year marriage to Nigel, she seeks to make a significant change in her life. She leaves London and attempts to fulfill her dream of writing a book about the writers who lived and worked in the south of France.
In Cannes, she meets new people and falls in love with the incredible scenery. While rediscovering the charm and magic of the Riviera, she is influenced by other writers—Graham Green, Dirk Bogarde, Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway— who once walked the same streets and enjoyed the same experiences. It’s now up to Nicole to recreate the magic they all found.