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The Wilder Shores Of Love


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The classic story of four nineteenth-century women who, for different reasons, gravitated to the wildness of the Middle East and North Africa.

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Lesley Blanch (1904-2007), a Londoner by birth, spent the greater part of her life travelling about those remote areas her books record so vividly. In the early 1930s she was among the few who adventured across the USSR. From 1937-1944 she was features editor of Vogue. In 1945 she married Russian-born diplomat Romain Gary. Life in the French diplomatic service took them from the Balkans, North Africa and the USA. They divorced in 1962. Lesley Blanch continued to travel, now East, now West, returning to the Sahara which had inspired her first celebrated book, THE WILDER SHORES OF LOVE. Her website is at


Their true stories, first told grippingly by Blanch in 1954, are amazing...makes you realise that we, with our wimpish long-haul packages and compulsory travel insurance, don't know we're born. -- Val Hennessy * DAILY MAIL *

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