International Womens Day News Archive

bookblast International Women’s Day feature

As the highlight of this special event being held at Waterstones in Broad Street, Oxford, for International Womens Day, Elisa Segrave examines stories from her mother’s hitherto hidden wartime experiences at Bletchley Park, Bomber Command and post-war Germany.

Georgia de Chamberet takes a look at the life and many worlds of Lesley Blanch, a woman whose aura of seductive glamour and erudition made her a cult literary figure. Marianne Faithfull and Shirley Conran; the late Jackie Kennedy and Anaïs Nin, were all been so inspired by her. Miranda Seymour wrote: ‘I love LB. WHAT a spirit. What courage. What class.’

Chaired by Claudia Fitzherbert, books editor of The Oldie.

During the day there will be numerous author signings by women who write about women, including Dame Professor Hermione Lee and Amy Mason. So come along for some book browsing and then stay on for the talk and a glass of wine afterwards.



Tickets £5 / £3 For Waterstones Cardholders
At: Waterstones, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AF
Call: 01865 790212

Elisa Segrave is the author of The Diary of a Breast, about her battle with cancer, and the novel Ten Men, (both publisehd by Faber). She has written for many newspapers and magazines including The London Review of Books, Guardian, Independent, Observer, Telegraph and The Lady.

Claudia Fitzherbert has written columns and reviews for the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator. She is Literary Editor of The Oldie magazine and one half of Esme Kerr, author of the Knight’s Haddon series of boarding-school books.

Georgia de Chamberet is an editor, translator and journalist. She founded the London-based agency, BookBlast Ltd, in 1997. She is Literary Executor for the Estate of Lesley Blanch.

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