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This is so interesting, Philip! I just ordered a copy from Alibris (they had a few left).

Can't wait to get it and read it!


It's a great summer read, and Lydia knows how to tell a good story. Some of her anecdotes have been recounted in other books about the Ballets Russes.


Did you know that her first stage name was 'Munningsova'? That always cracks me up.


Yes, that IS funny about the Russianization of the dancers' names. Patrick Healey-Kay was briefly "Patrikiev" before they settled on Anton Dolin.


Fascinating stuff, thank you.
I have a beautiful little original painting inscribed to Lydia's daughter Natasha by the artist Theyre Lee Elliott which I came across in a box of rubbish (!) at a jumble sale. It seems that it was given to her by the artist as a Xmas present back in the 50's and it shows two dancers. Very sad to think that one of her possessions ended up in a jumble sale but I now enjoy it every day - it's a very evocative and touching painting.


That's a nice story, Jason...I'd love to see the painting.

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