The book arrived in pristine condition well packaged I m almost half way through now One thing that almost put me off before I even started the book was the illustration page which listed a picture as BQ at an early age, BQ is again mentioned in the acknowledgements, however, it is not until almost the 100 page you find out who BQ is I googled, the author should of course have told us though BQ aka Black Queen is Margots mother. Brilliant service from the Book Depository, book arrived in good condition and very promptly Would highly recommend. Daneman has written a marvellous book She charts very clearly the true story of Fonteyn s life, which frankly Fonteyn doesn t tell the truth about in her autobiography But it s not a nasty book,just fascinating because it tells the truth. A wonderful biography I thoroughly enjoyed reading, and learned a lot about British ballet. Prompt delivery.Condition as advertised.Would recomend Excellent read, a very thorough biography that I have read on M Fonteyn before Sad and fascinating story of life, that is beautifully and respectfully written Absolutely love it and would highly recommend to those who appreciate the art of ballet. Good reading. good read Margot Fonteyn born plain Peggy Hookham was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Constant Lambert Carried to fame on a wave of wartime patriotism, Margot s sense of duty rather than ambition propelled her forward Yet her gifts were such that her pre eminence would come to eclipse the careers of subsequent generationsBallet is a fairytale world if Margot, like the pure and poetic heroine of Swan Lake, was a natural Odette, she would also have to contend with virtue s raw shadow side in the guise of Constant Lambert, Roberto Arias and Rudolph Nureyev the men who, like Von Rothbart, were to take possession of her heart This heavyweight Tome surely must be the definitive biography of Margot Fonteyn With nearly 700 pages on your lap it is indeed a daunting reading prospect Fortunately, and unlike many paperbacks, this Penguin edition falls comfortably open and stays open almost throughout the entire book.The book is an excellent read Well written in an easy on the eye style and informative in extremis I am an enjoyer of the art, a watcher not a student And it is indeed wonderful to watch and admire the skill, grace and athleticism of a select number of our fellow travellers on this planet who, when called for in a performance, seem to have developed the ability to defy gravity Margot Fonteyn s private life, and there is certainly no shortage of detail here, is interesting of course,and if this book is to be believed, equally as riveting as her public life But primarily it is her dancing that surely is of most concern Would she still have become famous given a different background I daresay Margot became pre eminent in the profession, her fame swept her along wherever she trod on and off the boards Will we ever again see a partnership of the likes of Fonteyn Nureyev And will Swan Lake ever see a better Odette My opinions of course, which in no way diminish my respect and admiration for all who have followed in this demanding role Meredith Daneman,a former dancer herself, has written a hugely enjoyable, meticuously researched book that in my view is unlikely to be bettered It can be read straight through, or dipped into The book also has a good selection of photographs.