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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; Reprint edition (6 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719565472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719565472
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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'A lively, colourful portrait, packed with people and travel' (Daily Mail)

'Boston proves a sure-footed and sympathetic guide through the labyrinth of Blanch's self-invention' (Sunday Times)

'Boston has succeeded . . . remarkably well, in capturing the spirit and wit of a sexy and scholarly romantic' (Guardian)

'As exotic and tantalising as a tale from the Arabian Nights. Glamorous and unconventional' (Daily Express)

'Boston has . . . written a scrupulous, sympathetic, occasionally rather flowery book which . . . comes as close to the truth about any elusive and not altogether likeable subject as any biography could' (Spectator)

'Boston's affectionate and admiring biography supplies some of the detail about which her subject was notably vague, but leaves the Blanch legend largely intact' (Daily Telegraph)

'For sheer fund I recommend Lesley Blanch . . . which offers a romp through the glittering combination of fantasy and fact under which this entrancing adventuress buried the mundane details . . . of her early life. Boston's eye for a comic quote . . . adds zest to the story of a writer whose favourite motto was: "Get up and get on with it." ' (Miranda Seymour, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year)

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A biography full of romanticism, exoticism, glamour and fantasy

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Pamela Blevins (Brevard, NC) I had never heard of Lesley Blanch until a friend in England sent me an early review of Anne Boston's biography. I had to wait some time for it to be available in the US but the wait was worth it. Boston has written a compelling and engaging narrative about a remarkable woman. To me a successful biographer is one who makes his or her subject come alive for a individual who had no prior knowledge or interest in that person. Boston has achieved this goal with her biography of Blanch. The fact that it is unauthorized is a plus. Blanch told her friends not to talk to the author, which tells me that she wanted someone to play by the rules and perhaps perpetuate the myths and misconceptions about the life she herself had created. Boston tells it like it was and, in the process, humanizes her subject, makes her real. Of necessity she sometimes makes an informed guess but leaves it open for for the reader to decide. All too often, authorized biographies tell only one side of the story, the side that fans want to hear and the subject wants to go down in posterity. Unauthorized biographies are, to me, more honest because the author is not inhibited by "authorized" constraints and is free to tell the life as it was.
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Having read Wilder shores of Love many years ago and used her cookery book many times, I was very pleased and interested to read her biography which was very informative and gave a very full picture of her life and interests. It was amazing to think she lived to the grand old age of 103 and was full of zest until the end.
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A great subject meets a worthy biographer and it's all the better for being unauthorised. A lovely read and then pass it on to a female relative or friend who's not too old - and you never are - to set out east (or to any other point of the compass) in search of adventure, real or imagined.
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The lady who wrote this book did good research work but she is not up to Lesley's very demanding standards and therefore often misses the point... good try, though.
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