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For over thirty years, John Pearson has provided us with literary exposures of some of the most enigmatic people and underground organisations of our modern world. The Gamblers follows the fortunes of five men at the centre of the ultra-fashionable Clermont Set- the Clermont Club s eccentric founder John Aspinall; Dominic Elwes, who was to betray the Set s code of silence; the socialite owner of Annabel s, Mark Birley; the womanising, multi millionaire James Goldsmith; and the infamous Lord Lucky Lucan. At the heart of the Set lay a belief that risk-takers are the people who make civilisation tick.Cruel, heartless and snobbish, they gambled with their fortunes and kept a stiff upper lip when they lost.This and a loyalty to each other that transcended everything else enabled them to rise above crises such as the long affair between Birley s wife and James Goldsmith, and the facial mutilation of the Birley s son by one of Aspinall s tigers.Pearson revels in the charisma, charm and wit of these dastardly but debonair millionaires, and reveals how their code led to one of the great unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099461180
ISBN-10: 0099461188
Format: Paperback
(177mm x 111mm x 23mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Pearson

John Pearson graduated from Peterhouse Cambridge with a double first in History, then worked on the Economist Intelligence Unit and as a BBC trainee producer before being offered a job by Ian Fleming as his assistant on the 'Atticus' column for the Sunday Times. Pearson is the author of- among others - the only authorised biography of Ian Fleming, as well as bestselling The Profession of Violence.He lives in West Sussex

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