Author: Lesley Blanch

Publisher: BookBlast ePublishing

ISBN: 0993092799

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Ideal reading for anyone looking for adventure and romance in unusual settings. Lesley Blanch writes about four strong women in The Wilder Shores of Love. Turning East, away from 19th Century Europe and conventional living, they found emancipation through escape and adventure. Isabel Burton married the Arabist and explorer Richard Burton; they worked together on his translation of A Thousand and One Nights; Jane Digby el-Mezrab (Lady Ellenborough, the society beauty), had four husbands and numerous lovers, including Honoré de Balzac and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. She ended up living in the Syrian desert with a young Bedouin chieftain; Aimée Dubucq de Rivery was a French convent girl who was captured at sea by pirates and became the consort of Sultan Abdul Hamid I; and Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss linguist who went to Algeria where she lived among tribesmen in the Sahara, converted to Islam, and dressed as a man. ANAIS NIN — “I read The Wilder Shores of Love by Lesley Blanch and became completely devoted to her writing. It is a book of great vitality, superb storytelling. She is herself Scheherazade telling about four remarkable women. I was fascinated by the charm and with which she tells biographical facts. The four women became my heroines. I read the book several times. My admiration for her was total. The Wilder Shores of Love would have made colourful and entrancing films.” CARSON McCULLERS — “The Wilder Shores of Love is a book of such radiance and strength.” FREYA STARK — “A book as excellent as its title.” WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD — “Love, wanderlust, faraway places – all that Romance implies – make up this delicious book.” NEW YORKER — “Four seething but most enjoyable studies in headlong nonconformity.” DAILY TELEGRAPH — “Enthralling to read.”

The Wilder Shores of Love

Author: Lesley Blanch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439197342

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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Originally published in 1954, The Wilder Shores of Love is the classic biography of four nineteenth-century European women who leave behind the industrialized west for Arabia in search of romance and fulfillment. Hailed by The Daily Telegraph as "enthralling to read," Lesley Blanch’s first book tells the story of Isabel Burton, the wife and traveling companion of the explorer Richard Burton; Jane Digby, who exchanged European society for an adventure in loving; Aimée Dubucq de Rivery, a Frenchwoman captured by pirates who became a member of the Turkish sultan’s harem; and Isabelle Eberhardt, a Swiss woman who dressed as a man and lived among the Arabs of Algeria.

On the Wilder Shores of Love

Author: Lesley Blanch,Georgia de Chamberet

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349005451

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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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


Author: Lesley Blanch

Publisher: BookBlast ePublishing

ISBN: 0993355234

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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The definitive biography of the eccentric bisexual naval officer, traveller, amateur acrobat, and best-selling novelist who was given a state funeral in 1923, the only French writer to have received such an honour other than Victor Hugo. Pierre Loti (born Julien Viaud in 1850) was himself his own fictional creation and lived his picaresque fantasies instead of just imagining them. Everything he wrote, novels included, is partly autobiographical. He had a powerful influence on Marcel Proust and Henry James. Bohemian, exotic and fiercely romantic; adored and scorned by French society in equal measure, Loti spent his life escaping the constraints of bourgeois France — and in so doing redefined his age. He travelled the South Seas, Asia and the Middle East (his great obsession) and loved with intense passion and freedom wherever he went. One of the first foreign correspondents, Loti’s published work includes travel books and war reports from Indochina, Turkey, and China during the Boxer rebellion. Today, his house in Rochefort is a museum. One elaborately tiled room is a fantasia of a mosque. Another room evokes a medieval banqueting hall. NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS ― “Part Casanova, part René, and part Baron Müunchhausen [Loti got] out of scrapes and away with behaviour that would normally lead to disaster, disgrace, even death – as in the case of the Turkish lady whom he abducted from her husband’s harem night after night and sometimes for days on end. This adventure forms the subject of his anonymously published novel, Aziyadé (1877).”


Author: Lesley Blanch

Publisher: BookBlast ePublishing

ISBN: 0993355250

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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When East meet West: in this witty satirical romance, Lesley Blanch recreates the British India of the 1850’s, where representatives of Victoria’s England preside uneasily over the glittering remnants of the Moghul Empire. The Rao divided women into two categories: those with bodies and those with jewels . . . Prim and proper Lady Florence and her down-to-earth maid, Rosie, first encounter a Maharajah's heir, the Rao Jagnabad, warrior and slayer of nine tigers, when he visits England on a diplomatic mission. Fierce and handsome in gold-embroidered brocades and magnificent jewels, his powerful masculinity is overwhelming and unforgettable. Fate decrees that, some years later, the two women are marooned in a crumbling palace on a remote, jungly island during the Indian Mutiny. They find themselves in the sole custody of the Rao along with two dozen other Englishwomen. A razor-sharp satire on class and Empire, Lesley Blanch’s only novel is outrageous and written with high-spirited panache. JOHN BARKHAM, NEW YORK WORLD — “A delicious tale of low behaviour in high places; with particular attention to the activities of an irresistible and gifted East Indian Prince who takes his own form of revenge against the entire English Empire by inducting a bevy of highborn English females into the fine points of Oriental eroticism, proving that Debrett’s Peerage is no match at all for the Karma Sutra.” TIME — “Wildly funny.” REBECCA WEST — “This book is exquisite, and a new story.” OBSERVER — “A mocking confrontation of the attitudes of Clarissa and Fanny Hill set against an exotically sensuous Indian background.” DAILY MAIL — “Cynical, sensual, amusing.”