coco & igor

The century’s greatest composer living with its most celebrated couturière and perfumer. Who would have guessed it back then? Who would believe it now?

By turns passionate and playful, Coco & Igor celebrates two figures who lived intriguingly parallel lives, and charts a relationship that endures as a luminous trace across the twentieth century.

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky Chapter 1
Original UK edition
Headline Review 2002
US edition
Riverhead, Penguin 2009
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Observer     Guardian     Telegraph     Washington Times

‘A fine, entrancingly poetic novel.’
Peter Conrad, Observer
‘Brilliantly rehearses the dynamics of a doomed relationship.’
Alfred Hickling, Guardian
‘Brilliantly conveys the atmosphere of tension and sultry passion.’
Sunday Telegraph
‘An intense account... period detail drips off the page.’
Sydney Morning Herald
‘Extraordinary... the author’s descriptive powers are vivid.’



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Coco & Igor has been translated into many languages including Bulgarian, Czech, French (left), German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian (right), Taiwanese and Turkish.