Lesley Blanch

Lesley Blanch


Lesley Blanch, historian and traveller, was the author of twelve books. A scholarly romantic, Blanch influenced and inspired generations of writers, readers and critics. Her first book pioneered a new type of biography and focused on four women who spectacularly defied convention. The Wilder Shores of Love was instantly acclaimed as a classic, becoming a worldwide bestseller, and has remained in print in English since its first publication in 1954.
Blanch was both ahead of her time and prescient in the way she attempted to bridge the gap between Western and Eastern culture. In April 1945 she married the French novelist-diplomat Romain Gary. Life in the French diplomatic service took them to the Balkans, Turkey, North Africa, Mexico and the USA.
The couple were divorced in 1962. Blanch continued to travel widely, inspired by the variety of cultures and landscapes in the East.
In later life, Blanch settled in Menton, in the South of France, where she died aged 102 in 2007.

Selected Bibliography:

The Wilder Shores of Love (1954)

Round The World in Eighty Dishes (1955)

Regency England Undressed: Hariette Wilson and her Memoirs (1957)

The Sabres of Paradise (1960)

Journey Into The Mind’s Eye (1963)

The Nine Tiger Man (1965)

Pavilions of the Heart: The Four Walls of Love (1974)

Pierre Loti (1983)

On The Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life (2015)

Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places (2017)


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From the Archive | Lesley Blanch and Ludwig Bemelmans https://lesleyblanch.com/from-the-archive-lesley-blanch-and-ludwig-bemelmans/

Lesley Blanch Archive | W.R.N.S. on the Job, British Vogue, November 1941 https://bookblast.com/blog/lesley-blanch-archive%e2%80%95w-r-n-s-on-the-job-british-vogue-november-1941/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost #bookblasts #bookblastmarketing #bookblastpromotes #britishvogue #feministhistory #history #lesleyblanch #ministryofinformation #romaingary

As a writer, Blanch explored the key question, “What is a woman?” and "What are her many roles?" The #trailblazers Blanch wrote about were all, in their very different ways, “escaping from the boredom of convention” #liberation #women #memoirs https://amzn.to/3hR4mY4

Life in the French Diplomatic Service with her diplomat-novelist husband #RomainGary meant she was free to roam in wild places when not unpacking and setting up house in a new posting. In 1946 almost all the borders were closed to travellers https://amzn.to/3hR4mY4

“In the Balkans they say that a compulsive traveller is ‘born under a lilac bleeding star.’ I have travelled all my life, so it fits” #LesleyBlanch #travel #adventure #food #literarytravel

Blanch reviewed films, and profiled actors, directors and producers working in the movie industry on both sides of the Atlantic for The Leader, sister publication to Picture Post #history #cinema #archive #censorship https://bit.ly/3yZVF51

Night Life Now: The After-dark Drama of the Work of the Women’s Services written by features editor #LesleyBlanch, published in British #Vogue June 1943, was accompanied by Lee Miller’s photographs #trailblazers #London #life #icons #women #worldwartwo

https://bookblast.com/blog/interview-kevin-duffy-bluemoose-books-indie-of-the-week/?utm_source=ReviveOldPost&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ReviveOldPost #bookchat #bookblogs #bookblastrecommends #independentbookpublishing #newfiction #newwriters #northernfictionalliance #whatpublishersread

The Sabres of Paradise took 6 years to complete groundbreaking narrative non fiction #biography Imam Shamyl who fought invading Russian armies in 1834-59 #history #chechnya #dagestan #independence #Tolstoy #Lermontov https://amzn.to/3vRFfcU

On romantic love #LesleyBlanch said “There are two sorts of romantic: those who love, and those who love the adventure of loving” Which are you? https://amzn.to/3ysaBbC #BelieveInLove
#weekdayquotes #liberated #wildershoresoflove #trailblazers @ElandPublishing @FoxedQuarterly

A beautiful thought to start the day courtesy of #LesleyBLanch, on beauty: “One is not given sight for long enough to appreciate the beauty given to us by nature; we do not realize what is given to us for free” #quoteoftheday #motivation #inspiration http://amzn.to/2ysElKh

How Elite Travel Became Mass Tourism: 19th Century British on Holiday https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-elite-travel-became-mass-tourism-19th-century-british-on-holiday-tickets-159536627347?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1&fbclid=IwAR1TrwyIvZ049BM6jtpWjsBv7T9hQ4TVMctTXD-uY8sqiUs7b55CHga-aXo

Tickets are now available for our summer conference including our first panel on women travellers.

Hear from @CKelsted @AmberDextrous and #BryonyRenshaw @maccmuseums on a range of travellers working across the Middle East.

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OOH love the furries for sure! 😍

From the Archive | Lesley Blanch and Cecil Beaton https://lesleyblanch.com/from-the-archive-lesley-blanch-and-cecil-beaton/

#TheSurvivors by Jane Harper
4* slow burning mystery set on the coast of #Tasmania
"..The author really knows how to paint small town life, cloying in its intensity.."
Published by @LittleBrownUK #booktwitter

As we speak the global recovery is failing women. While unemployment for men is expected to decrease, it’s expected to increase for women in 2021. Here's why. #ActForEqual

Hey #booktwitter friends!⭐price drop⭐ Buy this beautiful book while stocks last! Stacey "I tend to enjoy reading about women who kick arse & in #FarToGoAndManyToLove Lesley Blanch confirms her membership of this club with her superb descriptive writing" https://amzn.to/2SGjYoP

Good #FridayFeeling! 🥰@PFDAgents

"The house is filled with mementos of her travels & adventures: Russian icons, samovars, Qajar paintings & rugs from Persia & Turkey...the scent of incense & jasmine..." #ShushaGuppy in 1991 #writer #artist #Menton #interiordesign #interiors #FridayFeeling https://bit.ly/3wanvts