Melody, magic and mischief

Two entertaining biographies reveal a complex composer, whose music – like his colourful life – melded the incompatible, writes Oliver Soden

There’s a whiff of Victoria Wood to the arrival of the last lover, a junior Citroën executive


Poulenc: A Biography Roger Nichols Yale University Press, £25, pp352 Poulenc: The Life in the Songs Graham Johnson WW Norton & Company, £39, pp576 Imagine Roger Nichols and Graham Johnson at a dinner party, discussing the composer about whom they have...

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