Justine Picardie - Author

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Justine Picardie writes for Vogue and the Daily Telegraph. Her critically acclaimed non-fiction memoir, If the Spirit Moves You, was a Picador bestseller in 2002. Her first novel, Wish I May, was published by Picador in 2004. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

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Inge Morath: On Style

Inge Morath: On Style

Author: Justine Picardie Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Witty, playful, and effortlessly chic, Inge Morath: On Style reveals the vital forms of fashion and self-expression that blossomed into existence in England, France and the United States in the postwar decades. The book follows the photojournalist Inge Morath (1923-2002) through intimate sessions with Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn; scenes of window shopping on Fifth Avenue; American girls discovering Paris; the frenetic splendour of society balls; and working women-from actresses to seamstresses to writers-everywhere taking their place in the world. The photographs in On Style focus on an extraordinary period of Morath's creativity, from the early 1950s to mid-1960s, with a coda of work from later years. Here is the fundamental humanism, joy and an unerring eye for life's brilliant theatricality that characterised her work and made her one of the most celebrated photographers of her time. Apply

If The Spirit Moves You Life and Love After Death

If The Spirit Moves You Life and Love After Death

Author: Justine Picardie, Andrew O'Hagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/06/2015

With an introduction by Andrew O'Hagan When I think about her now, which is most of the time, it's like rewinding a silent film in my head: I see the crucial scenes in our lives together. But what I can't hear is her voice in my head, and that silence is driving me crazy. After her sister Ruth's death from breast cancer in September 1997, Justine Picardie was desperate to speak to her again, to hear her voice, to find something - anything - that might fill the space she had left behind. Over the course of the next year, Justine's search for Ruth lead her into the underworld of spiritualism, through a series of encounters with mediums and psychics who believe that we can communicate with those we have lost. If the Spirit Moves You is Justine's remarkable story about her search for the afterlife in an age of reason, scepticism and science. Powerfully moving, both heart-breaking and funny, it is an extraordinary classic about the exhausting journey of grief and the enduring power of love.

Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare

Author: Justine Picardie Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Truth or Dare is an anthology of memoirs from eleven internationally recognized authors who have uncovered what is closest to their hearts: from childhood secrets and tales of first love to the story of a father's suicide. With pieces by Andrea Ashworth, Rachel Cusk, Sophie Dahl, Sabine Durrant, William Fiennes, Esther Freud, Zoe Heller, Nick Hornby, Julie Myerson, Jon Ronson and Alice Sebold, this volume contains all the emotional range and quirky individuality for which these writers are acclaimed.

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Author: Justine Picardie Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2010

Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this full-scale biography we finally discover the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now.Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time - but she also invented herself, fashioning the myth of her own life with the same dexterity as her couture.While Chanel was supreme innovator and vendor of all things elegant and beautiful, what lies beneath her own glossy myth is far darker. Throwing new light on her passionate and turbulent relationships, this beautifully constructed portrait gives a fresh and penetrating look at how Coco Chanel made herself into her own most powerful creation.Justine Picardie brings the mysterious Gabrielle Chanel out of hiding, to celebrate her great achievements. She examines Chanel's enduring afterlife, as well as her remarkable life, uncovering the consequences of what she covered up, unpicking the seams between truth and legend, yet keeping intact the real fabric of her past.

Daphne

Daphne

Author: Justine Picardie Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2009

It is 1957. As Daphne du Maurier wanders alone through her remote mansion on the Cornish coast, she is haunted by thoughts of her failing marriage and the legendary heroine of her most famous novel, Rebecca , who now seems close at hand. Seeking distraction, she becomes fascinated by Branwell, the reprobate brother of the Bronte sisters, and begins a correspondence with the enigmatic scholar Alex Symington in which truth and fiction combine. Meanwhile, in present day London, a lonely young woman struggles with her thesis on du Maurier and the Brontes and finds herself retreating from her distant husband into a fifty-year-old literary mystery.

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