On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life

Author(s): Lesley Blanch; Georgia de Chamberet


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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Sumptuous and captivating Independent A medly ... of irresistible charm Literary Review 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 -- Jane Shilling Daily Telegraph

Lesley Blanch was appointed MBE in 2001 and awarded the medal of Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. She wrote twelve books of biography, memoir and cookery. She was ahead of her time and prescient in the way she attempted to bridge West and East. Her most famous book, The Wilder Shores of Love has never been out of print since first published in 1954. www.lesleyblanch.com Georgia de Chamberet, her goddaughter, is an editor and the founder of BookBlast. She writes for several online publications with a cross-cultural focus. www.bookblast.com

General Fields

  • : 9780349005461
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Virago Press
  • : December 2016
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : March 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lesley Blanch; Georgia de Chamberet
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 464
  • : 25 b/w photos integrated