Magnificent.comprehensive and compulsively readable (Simon Callow The Guardian
The definitive biography, a gripping account of an extraordinary life (Lynn Barber Telegraph
She writes with flair and abundance (The Sunday Times
Undoubtedly the definitive biography. Rudolf Nureyev, superstar, emerges in all his terribly flawed glory (Sunday Telegraph
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 l961; sparked Rudimania across the globe; gave his rabid sexuality full reign; 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. Julie Kavanagh's uncompromising and magnificent biography, ten years in the making, is a brilliant tribute to a superstar the world can never forget.