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Publication March 2018

‘Riviera Dreaming – Love and War on the Côte d’Azur’ is also now available on Amazon. I’m afraid the release date in the United States is not until 28th June 2018 but it is possible to pre-order. 

The launch of  ‘Riviera Dreaming’ at the English Book Centre, Valbonne, France on 14th April 2018 

Maureen & Fenella, English Book Shop, Antibes

The book signing at the English Book Shop, Antibes, France on Saturday 21st April 2018

‘Riviera Dreaming – Love and War on the Côte d’Azur

The Jazz Age of the 1920s was a unique period, a time of frenetic gaiety and hedonism which would gradually drift into the more sober 1930s. But was into the excitement of the early 1920s that Barry Dierks, a young architect from Philadelphia, found his way to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux Art.

From there he discovered the South of France and would become the ‘American architect of the Riviera’, building or remodeling around seventy elegant houses on the coast with his partner and landscape designer the Englishman Eric Sawyer. Riviera Dreaming tells the true stories of some of those fascinating clients who lived and loved in Barry’s houses.

When everything changed with the German occupation and the founding of Vichy France in 1940 and almost all their friends and clients fled, Barry and Eric stayed on, and showed their  courage in their ensuing adventures.

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Photo Album showing some of the villas

‘Those Two Charmers’

‘Elegant’ Barry Dierks

The story tells of the life of Barry, his partner in business and life, the Englishman Colonel Eric Sawyer, and their wonderful villas and gardens. Above all, it describes the intimate lives of some of those fascinating people American, British and French, who had the privilege of commissioning and living in these villas. In 1940,  as virtually all the expatriates in the south fled France, Barry and Eric stayed on and their charmed lives changed dramatically.

Barry Dierks and Eric Sawyer with their dogs

Their beautiful home  – ‘Villa Trident’