Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Coco's Caledonia

A Frenchwoman and the Scotsman... magnifique.
Also reading Gondal Girl and Alison Kerr... and enjoying the coolness of milk.

8 comments:

Serenknitity said...

Lovely article. I just got the book yesterday and it's like delving into a delicious box of chocolate truffles. Beautifully written and gorgeous to behold. Well done you!

Gondal-girl said...

just posted review of Coco Justine, was captivated - reading into wee hours....

Penny said...

Dear Justine,
Hope this reaches you well.
There is now a write up of the Diaghilev and the Golden Age of Ballet Russes at the V&A on Milk. It also includes mention of your talk there which I'm very much hoping to attend. - http://www.themilkzine.com/article/on-the-radar/diaghilev-and-the-golden-age-of-ballet-russes/
Best wishes
Penny

Justine Picardie said...

Looking forward to seeing you at the V&A -- have you got a ticket? I have a couple of guest ones, as it is sold out, so let me know if you are in need...
Serenknitity -- nothing could make me happier than knowing that readers are enjoying my book as much as a box of truffles. Coco and chocolate go together perfectly...

jaywalker said...

I borrowed the DVD of Coco and Stravinsky from a friend and watched it last night. Of course, after having read the book, I kept saying, No! No! It wasn't like that.
However, it was visually beautiful. I read on IMDB that there are no photos left of Bel Respiro and the decor was a guess. Have you seen it, Justine?

jaywalker said...

PS Another six degrees of separation - I had no idea there was a Chanel perfume factory in Huddersfield, my home town. Do you have any idea where it was?

Justine Picardie said...

There was a Chanel fabric factory in Huddersfield, rather than perfume. I'm not sure of where it was, but Coco's great niece, Gabrielle, lived in Huddersfield for a while as a young child, while her father was working there for Chanel.
As for Bel Respiro: the archivists at Chanel seem to think that the decor of Coco & Igor was fairly true to the spirit of the era (aside from the carpets!). Like you, I thought the film was visually arresting -- and the first ten minutes were amazing, in its recreation of The Rite of Spring. Less convinced by the rest of it, though.

TBJ said...

Dear Justine

Have so enjoyed the reviews and especially the wonderful article in the Scotsman. So enjoyed meeting you at Lochmore and sorry cannot make trip to Lennoxlove.