The Last Playboy, by Shawn Levy, 4th Estate €18.95.
It's now more than four decades since Porfirio Rubirosa, the hard-partying womaniser whom other hard-partying womanisers called ‘The Guv'nor', bit the dust in a car smash in Paris at the age of 56. This passing of time partly explains why his name doesn't carry the same resonance today as those of other world-class satyrs of the past.
The other reason why Rubirosa is a half-forgotten figure...
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