My Christmas lists starts now; a three carat Ashoka diamond ring from Boodles, a horse and trap, to be Bryan Ferry's third, Swans published by Assouline, oh and of course, that old chestnut, world peace. I'll take the satin sash too, if you've already wrapped it.
Ah yes, The Swans, a term coined by Truman Capote to describe the elegant society hostesses of Manhattan,
Babe Paley, Slim Keith, Gloria Guinness and C. Z.Guest - who can forget the kaleidoscopic glamour of that figure, those dogs, those columns?
The author is Nicholas Foulkes, who is renowned for his ability to drill down through luxury to reveal its brilliant core and to write beautiful sentences about, sometimes, the most vacuous things. He also loves a good cigar.
Truman Capote may have coined the term 'Swans' but he was also almost pecked to death by them when he revealed their secret world in a chapter of 'Answered Prayers', his infamous unfinished novel, which was published as a work-in-progress in Esquire.
Beware of whom you place on a plinth they may topple down and smother you.