ISBN 9780241986905 – Penguin UK March 2019 Paperback 800 pp
Julie Kavanagh trained as a dancer at the Royal Ballet School, and is the author of Secret Muses- The Life of Frederick Ashton. She has worked as ballet critic of The Spectator; Arts Editor of Harpers & Queen; and London Editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. She is married to the ex-Royal Ballet dancer, now dance film maker, Ross MacGibbon, and has two sons.
The incredible story of the 20th century’s superstar ballet dancer, soon to be a major film by Ralph Fiennes.
Born on a train in Stalin’s Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet’s first pop icon. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement – both on and off stage.
Nureyev’s achievements and conquests became legendary- he rose out of Tatar peasant poverty to become the Kirov’s thrilling maverick star; slept with his beloved mentor’s wife; defected to the West in 1961; sparked Rudimania across the globe; established the most rhapsodic partnership in dance history with the middle-aged Margot Fonteyn; reinvented male technique; gatecrashed modern dance; moulded new stars; and staged Russia’s unknown ballet masterpieces in the West. He and his life were simply astonishing.