Seducing Ingrid Bergman, By Chris Greenhalgh
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Saturday 20 October 2012
This fictionalised account of Ingrid Bergman's affair with war photographer, Frank Capa, comes from the writer of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinksy.
While their affair was rumoured, the (married) Bergman did begin an ill-fated romance with Capa when she visited troops in Paris.
There are emotional insights into both minds, though Capa speaks in first person to Bergman's third, but Greenhalgh's language has more than a hint of pulp romance which gives this angsty love story the cheesy, Mills & Boon treatment.
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