Lesley Blanch & the 1950s Woman Waterstones London News Archive

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Georgia de Chamberet & Elisa Segrave celebrate the 1950s Woman

Wednesday 5th July, 6.30 pm Waterstones, Gower Street, London W1 @gowerst_books @quartetbooks

Join us for a glass of wine to toast the publication of Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places by Lesley Blanch — the sequel to her posthumous memoirs, On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life, published by Virago (2015).

Tickets include wine and are redeemable against books purchased.

SPECTATOR Lesley Blanch was incapable of writing boringly or badly

The war had a liberating effect: women were hardly about to exchange their newfound freedom in peacetime for baking cakes and a life cushioned by nappies. The old and the new were pulling against each other in 1950s Britain, which was on the cusp of modernity ― heralding the 1960s. Women were expected to settle down, marry and have kids, yet having had a taste of freedom, they wanted to be independent.

]How easy was it for woman to do her own thing in post-war 1950s Britain?

What can we learn from Lesley Blanch and those of her generation who lived purposeful, intense lives – inspiring others to do so?

Editor, literary consultant and promoter, Georgia de Chamberet founded BookBlast™ writing agency in 1997. She is Lesley Blanch’s god-daughter.

Elisa Segrave wrote The Diary of a Breast, a black comic diary about having cancer, and Ten Men, a post-hippy fictionalized memoir. In The Girl from Station X – My Mother’s Unknown Life she rediscovers her mother through diaries written during World War Two. She reviews for The Oldie and The Spectator.

Tickets: £6 standard, £4 for students – redeemable against a copy of the book on the evening. If you need further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with publicist Grace Pilkington

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Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places

Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places