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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409088950
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Redeeming Features

A Memoir




From legendary designer Nicky Haslam, a dazzling and witty account of his frenetic life.

Nicky Haslam has always been at the centre of things wherever he is - at parties, opening nights, royal weddings - and has stories to tell of crossing paths, and more, with the cultural icons of our time: Cecil Beaton, Francis Bacon, Diana Cooper, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Jack Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to name but a few. Redeeming Features is an exuberantly told and stunningly crafted memoir: a compelling and wholly singular document of our times.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409088950
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Nicky Haslam

Nicholas Haslam is the author of Sheer Opulence and has been a contributing editor of Vogue and Tatler for many years. He also writes for The World of Interiors and The Spectator. He lives in London.

Praise for Redeeming Features

From the Mitfords to Warhol's Factory to Paris Hilton - Nicky Haslam has been at the centre of every glittering social circle in living memory... Haslam should be declared a National Treasure. While the nation's spirits are grievously low, Haslam brings joy and sprinkles magic dust of one sort or another wherever he goes.

Kate Muir, The Times

Redeeming Features is a tour de force romp through high society and the more glamorous chapters in the counterculture of the 20th century and the 21st...Haslam pops up from decade to decade alongside some of the most fascinating people in our cultural history.

Vanity Fair

You could find yourself as Nicky Haslam's 'plus one' at the swellest parties with his delicious memoir

Naomi West, Harpers Bazaar

Society gossip galore by the gadfly's gadfly

Daily Mail

This really rather wonderful book is about a life devoted to "Looking the part"

Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

This is a wonderfully entertaining memoir, gossipy, touching and tender, even if at times it verges on self-parody. This book is suffused with his irrepressible joie de vivre and is never less than entertaining

Literary Review

Gloriously entertaining

Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

Haslam writes evocatively and touchingly

Peter Parker, Times Literary Supplement

The high priest of wit, hilarity and name-dropping...but apart from all of the names - the names! - the joy of this book comes from Nicky's undying joie de vivre

Matthew Bell, Independent on Sunday

Haslam is an intriguing man...[and] can write wonderfully well

The Spectator, Susan Hill

A baroque soufflé of names, faces, bitchy asides and put-downs, sprinkled with funny anecdotes.

Camilla Long, Sunday Times

Though full of as much gossip as you might expect from the inveterate socialite, this memoir is also interestingly clever

Daily Telegraph

The interior designer, journalist and socialite Nicky Haslam has met almost everyone who's anyone

Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday

It is...boisterously good company and proof that if Haslam knows one thing, it's that you can only get away with a life like his if you are never, ever boring.

Claire Allfree, Metro

a terrifically entertaining read

Carla McKay, Daily Mail

extremely diverting, essentially kind-hearted and well written

William Leith, Evening Standard

Nicky Haslam has known everyone from Greta Garbo to Cole Porter to the Royal Family, with many unforgettable eccentrics in between. But this is not a catalogue of celebrities. It is a truly felt, beautifully crafted , wise consideration of a full life, which paints an unforgettable picture of a vanished England and America. Masterpiece is an overused word, but this Proustian evocation is indeed a masterpiece

A. N. Wilson

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