Chris Greenhalgh

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Chris Greenhalgh is a British novelist, screenwriter, teacher and poet.


Chris Greenhalgh was born in 1963[1] and brought up in Manchester. After studying English Literature at university, he lived and worked for five years in Italy and Athens. Upon his return to England, he completed his doctoral thesis on the poetry of Frank O'Hara. He has since pursued a twin career as a writer and educator. He has published two novels, three books of poetry and a successful film script, and has taught in Athens and at Sevenoaks School, where he was Academic Deputy Head. More recently he was Principal of Southbank International School, London and is currently Principal of The British School of Milan (Sir James Henderson).



Coco and Igor was first published in the UK in 2002 by Headline Review and has since been translated into a dozen languages, including French, Russian, Polish, Greek, and Chinese. The novel is based on the secret affair between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky in Paris in 1920.

Greenhalgh’s second novel, Seducing Ingrid Bergman, is set in Paris and Hollywood, after the end of the Second World War and tells the story of Ingrid Bergman and war photographer Robert Capa's intense and ultimately tragic relationship.[citation needed]

Film scripts[edit]

Greenhalgh has written a screenplay adapting his novel Coco and Igor. The film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, directed by Jan Kounen and starring Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen held the prestigious closing slot at[2][3] the 2009 Cannes Film Festival selected Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky to be shown in its prestigious closing slot, on 24 May 2009.[4]

His second novel was optioned in 2014 by YRF and is currently scheduled to be directed by James Mangold(Walk the Line, Wolverine, Girl Interrupted...)


Greenhalgh has published three volumes of poetry, all with Bloodaxe Books.[5]

  • Stealing the Mona Lisa (1994)
  • Of Love, Death and the Sea-Squirt (2000)
  • The Invention of Zero (2007)

Prizes and awards[edit]


  1. ^ British Library Integrated Catalogue.
  2. ^ Rees, Jasper (29 March 2009). "Audrey Tautou and Anna Mouglalis star as Coco Chanel". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky". Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Teacher writes finale to Cannes in school hols". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 2009-06-14.
  5. ^ "Author profile of Chris Greenhalgh". Bloodaxe Books. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Past Winners of the Eric Gregory Awards". Society of Authors. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009.