Lesley Blanch

Lesley Blanch

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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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“I can imagine no better introduction to modern #Russia” NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Discover this “magnificent historical drama; a marvelous impassioned biography of Imam Shamyl” LE MONDE
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LB with voguey-poguey friends in 1974, Sue Train & Bettina McNulty doyenne of fashion PR, thoroughly modern women all of them! #Menton #Garavan #avantgarde #style #photography #voguemagazine #vintage #history #photographer #editorial

Long to get away, escape the Christmas rush? Here's one way which does not involve queues in airports, strikes or cancellations! A good & rather different read, guaranteed #FarToGoManyToLove #vintage #travel #adventure #wildernesslife https://amzn.to/3VReaod

Lesley's many friends were from myriad creative walks of life; she & artist Eden Box were flatmates in Chelsea during #WWII #tatemodern #tate #museum #modernart #gallery #painting #artgallery #museumofmodernart

It's that time of year again, reach for the Alka-Seltzer! Here's another witty sketch by LB #christmasiscoming #holidays #december #noel #art #howsyourhead #fun #joy

LB's archive at Beinecke Library, Yale, includies a folder of cuttings which gives insights into her humour and wideranging interests, this joke from the New Yorker is typical of what made her laugh #humour #lol #fun #jokes #humournoir #catlove #newyorker

Although LB turned to journalism, biography, narrative nonfiction, the artist in her continued sketching & illustrating to the end of her life, this one was for a book by the Nigella Lawson of her day #ConstanceSpry Come Into the Garden, Cook 1943
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“I must have classical & I love American folk music, just as I love the folk or traditional music of Bulgaria, the Middle East, Persia, Asia...I write to music: it isolates me" #LesleyBLanch #creativity #WritingCommunity #writinglife #author #memoir #inspiration #music @bookblast

“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" #LesleyBlanch https://amzn.to/3MYWa7t
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“Seeing young Englishwomen spoiling their lives tapping away at typewriters, then watching them trudge home over Waterloo Bridge. I wondered how different their lives would have been if they’d managed to get away”
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#traveling @wnbooks

“You have to have a certain courage to be old. As Bette Davis said, ‘old age is not for cissies’. I still enjoy a lot of things” #LesleyBlanch would say
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'She has a closetful of caftans, brocaded robes, dresses gathered on her travels, ranging from 18th-Century museum pieces to beautiful bargains from the souks of Marrakech' (Judy Fayard, W magazine, Oct 1976)
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#60sfashion #avantgarde #MiddleEast #mondaymood

Delighted to stumble on this excerpt from JOURNEY INTO THE MIND'S EYE read by #JulietStevenson @elandpublishing @PFDAgents
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Balkan is a Turkish word for mountain #RomainGary was part of the French Delegation in Sofia #Bulgaria at the end of #WorldWarTwo LB writes about their experiences & ordinary people swept up in historical events in #FarToGoManyToLove
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The attraction was immediate despite 10 year age gap. Not quite Julianne Moore, Bart Freundlich but the pair did end up in 1950s Hollywood! #RomainGary #LesleyBlanch #relationship #couplelife #powercouple #classicliterature #PromiseAtDawn #WayBackWednesday
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These 2 cuties met in 1944 #London #Blitz They connected as much over the love of animals, Russian food & culture as over literature Read more here https://bit.ly/3TIaJ1g
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If you love to #discover trailblazing #womenwriters this book is for you, no matter your age! #FarToGoManyToLove @bookblast @PFDAgents
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Guest Review | Steve Wasserman on The Sabres of Paradise by Lesley Blanch (source: facebook 31-05-2022) https://lesleyblanch.com/guest-review-steve-wasserman-on-the-sabres-of-paradise-by-lesley-blanch-source-facebook-31-05-2022/

Marianne Faithfull’s song #WilderShoresOfLove inspired by @lesleyblanch book, an instant instant classic @RLWilkie
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We're so thrilled to say that after the success of last year's PFD Queer Fiction Prize, in one month's time we'll be re-opening to entries for 2023! Submission guidelines are on the page below, and keep your eyes peeled for further exciting updates… 👀 https://petersfraserdunlop.com/about-us/pfd-queer-fiction-prize/