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On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life

Lesley Blanch, Georgia de Chamberet

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The story of a fascinating, bohemian - and, at times outrageous - life that spanned the twentieth century - the perfect book for fans of the Mitfords.

Most famous for The Wilder Shores of Love, her book about four women travellers, Lesley Blanch was a scholarly romantic and a bold writer. Her lifelong passion was for Russia, the Balkans and the Middle East. At heart a nomad, she spent the greater part of her life travelling the remote areas her books record so vividly.

Edited by her goddaughter Georgia de Chamberet, who was working with her in her centenary year, this book collects together the story of Blanch's marriage, previously published only in French; a selection of her journalism which brings to life the artistic melting pot that was London between the wars; and a selection of her most evocative travel pieces.

Illustrated with photos alongside a selection of line drawings by Lesley Blanch

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Praise for On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life

  • Sumptuous and captivating - Independent

  • On the Wilder Shores of Love brings [Lesley Blanch's] personality vividly to life - Spectator

  • Readers can enjoy Blanch's precise use of words, astonishing range of reference, and ability to get under the skin . . . Blanch's account of her marriage is a politely lethal masterpiece - Times Literary Supplement

  • This volume, edited with affection and grace by de Chamberet, is a deliciously readable monument to a writer who combined a steely resilience and capacity for hard work with an elegant frivolity and a voracious appetite for love, beauty and adventure - Daily Telegraph

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