Two different writers focus on one iconic port

Lemos and Waite.
Lemos and Waite. / KARL SMALLMAN
  • Jorge Lemos and Garry Waite talked about their books centred around Puerto Banús at a Costa Press Club meeting

Two local authors were invited to be the speakers at this month's meeting of the Costa Press Club, both giving insights into Marbella's iconic port.

Journalist Jorge Lemos, author of Puerto Banús: Historia de un Ambicioso Proyecto, spoke entertainingly about the origins of the luxury development built by José Banús which was intended, along with Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe's Marbella Club, to rival Monaco in attracting the rich and famous.

The architect chosen for the job, Noldi Schreck, convinced the promoters that a high-rise development was not the way to achieve their ambition and that a sophisticated Andalusian village and marina would serve their purpose better.

He succeeded admirably, with the inauguration attended by the Aga Khan, film director Roman Polanski, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, Dr Christiaan Barnard (pioneer of the heart transplant) and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.

This account was followed by Garry Waite's introduction of his crime novel The Warm War, set in Puerto Banús and the Costa del Sol in the 90s.

The speaker, who was a writer and journalist before becoming well-known in southern Spain also as a restaurateur, said he was challenged to write a book by Lynda La Plante after they met on the set of Eldorado in the 90s.

The next Costa Press Club meeting will feature a talk entitled 'Pot of Earl Grey with Sally Harrison' at which Sally will talk about her varied career in radio, TV and film.