Mrs Campbell, a novel of wwii by Cantara Christopher

#gatesheaduk #londonblitz #foodrationing #chinatown #wwii #bbc #snakehipsjohnson #evelynbarbirolli #corregidor

No Bletchley Park. No skulkers in trench coats. No British airmen. Just sex, swing, and a little nosh. Bonus! We win the war.

For John Wilson, Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, etc: Thank you, John, for giving me the framework for the story I was meant to write.

My first novel, in progress. Read the historical notes on my book blog.

[photo by velizar ivanov]

Mamoulian in Mind, a memoir of old hollywood by Cantara Christopher

#classichollywood #roubenmamoulian #marlenedietrich #gretagarbo #barbarastanwyck #miriamhopkins #ritahayworth #lindadarnell #cydcharisse #tyronepower #williamholden #oklahomathemusical #carouselthemusical #porgyandbess #georgegershwin #richardrodgers

This one’s a little more thoughtful than the treatment I gave TV director/soi-disant poet Stephen Gyllenhaal because, unlike Stephen, Rouben Mamoulian was a film genius.

Read the historical notes on my book blog.