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  • Location: Amalfi Coast

A Book of Secrets

A Book of Secrets

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Early 1900s: A house on the Amalfi Coast has secrets galore behind its doors…

  • ISBN: 978-0701185343
  • Genre: Biography/memoirs, Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

Villa Cimbrone, a home which sits above the Italian village of  Ravello is a place of both fantasy and make-believe. It has been the home of many and the meeting place of many more across the years. None of the people in this book have met but all have been through the house at some point or another.

A Book of Secrets is a treasure-trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements and family mysteries. A cast of women come to light – a mistress, a fiancée, or a muse -and a whole host of stories and revelations

Travel Guide

Villa Cimbrone

Imagine a house, a villa, an innocent looking house looking over the Amalfi coast, a house which has seen many famous and iconic women pass through its doors. It’s a house where some of the most unusual and iconic women of their time would visit, such as Alice Keppel, the mistress of both the Prince of Wales  and the second Lord Grimthorpe  who is the owner of the Villa Cimbrone.

The other women are just as iconic- Eve Fairfax is Lord Grimthorpe’s abandoned fiancée and sometime muse of Auguste Rodin. Novelist Violet Trefusis is the lover of Vita Sackville-West in one of the most scandalous love affairs of the early twentieth-century.

There are other places of mention in the novel for links to these women and their pasts. One of which is Vita-sackville-west-and-knole

Booktrail Boarding Pass Information:  A Book of Secrets

Author/Guide Michael Holroyd  Destination: Amalfi Coast, Ravello  Departure Time: 2000s

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