Finally published today, extracts of the new biography have been appearing in the quality papers over the weekend.
In today's Telegraph there is a wonderful picture of the young Nureyev that I don't think I've seen before together with the following article (note that it is today's most viewed).
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jh ... kgb117.xml
I particulalry enjoyed reading about Faina Rokhind.
His friends in Leningrad kept the Nureyev flame alight in secret. In a communal apartment in Gatchinskaya Street is a remarkable – and completely unknown – private archive, assembled by a bereft fan after his defection.
Faina Rokhind is 80: she first saw Nureyev dance at his graduation in 1958, and became one of those who showered him with flowers in Leningrad before anyone in the West had even heard of him............
................The walls are adorned with images of Nureyev in his prime, and the cupboards and shelves overflow with books, photograph albums, magazines, scrapbooks and videos – one woman's unique collection in defiance of Soviet authority.
That's my kind of ballet fan.