Seducing Ingrid Bergman Coco and Igor
Seducing Ingrid Bergman Coco & Igor

seducing ingrid bergman

Seducing Ingrid Bergman tells the story of the secret love affair between war photographer Robert Capa and the Casablanca star in Paris and Hollywood.

June 1945. When Ingrid Bergman walks into the lobby of the Ritz hotel in Paris, Capa is enchanted. From the moment he slips a mischievous invitation to dinner under her door, the two find themselves helplessly attracted.

Played out against the cafés and nightclubs of Paris and the parties and studios of Hollywood, they pursue an intense and increasingly reckless affair. Addicted to risk, Capa must wrestle his devils, while Ingrid must court scandal if their love is to survive.

At once passionate and ironic, tender and witty, the novel is one in which dark fears are confronted, desire is set free, and blood is both quickened and spilt.



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Movie News

“Two-time Academy Award nominee and Cannes jury member Jessica Chastain will star in Seducing Ingrid Bergman... based on the 2012 novel by Chris Greenhalgh which tells the story of the torrid romance between the Casablanca actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa.” Article on Deadline.


Michael Nyman Homage

Inspired by Chris’s novel, Seducing Ingrid Bergman, composer Michael Nyman has devised a piece called ‘When Ingrid Met Capa’:



UK Edition
Seducing Ingrid Bergman, published by Penguin in October 2012.

US Edition
St Martin’s Press (Macmillan) in hardback, and Picador in paperback.

Audio Book
The novel is available, unabridged, by W.F. Howes.

UK Edition US Edition Poster
UK Edition US Edition Poster


‘Delightful and engrossing... one of the rare occasions where a male author slips with utter authenticity under the skin of a female character. Marvellous piece of writing.’
Barbara Erskine
‘Greenhalgh artfully shuffles the few known facts to create a rich, lyrical novel that manages their affair without a trace of sentimentality.’
Olivia Cole, GQ
‘From a jubilant, irresistibly romantic Paris just after World War II, to Hollywood during its golden age, Chris Greenhalgh’s Seducing Ingrid Bergman rapturously depicts the doomed love affair of two icons of the twentieth century... a book with both a sentimental heart and a soul of grit. I loved it.’
Melanie Benjamin, New York Times (bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife)
‘Greenhalgh’s characters are sharply drawn... a delicious tale of illicit freedom and, ultimately, thwarted love.’
Financial Times


Read about Chris’ first novel Coco & Igor