Anyway, this one is Heirs and Graces and covers some of what Edward got up to in the 60s, when he was merely the inconvenient second son and getting up to all kinds of fun his father disapproved of.
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I seem to be doing a lot more research than expected, mainly because so much changed location-wise between the early 60s and the early 70s: current hotels weren't built at the times I wanted people to stay in them, and various organisations had offices back then in streets or building which have since been demolished. Google and Wikipedia are remarkably unhelpful in finding what I want, although I now have yet more books to order from the library as soon as I've read a few of those already borrowed.
From today's research, it would appear that the place for a young, upwardly mobile Italian woman, with a rich (absent) benefactor and money-making ideas of her own, to settle in San Francisco in that time period would be somewhere on the boundary of North Beach and Nob Hill. Meanwhile the only hotel I could find for an aristocratic Englishman to stay round there at the same time was the Fairmont since everything I tried initially was built very slightly later.
Yesterday's research, which I'm yet to use in the story, mostly concerned the Fiat 500 and Moto Guzzi motorcycles of the early 1960s.