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Leslie Tate

Leslie Tate completed ‘Blue’ in 2016. Leslie is a trans person, similar to Eddie Izzard or Grayson Perry, who writes about modern love.

‘Purple’ the first part of Leslie’s trilogy, is a coming-of-age tale, set in 1969. It follows the story of Matthew Lavender who enters a ‘free love’ situation at college knowing absolutely nothing about sex or relationships. Through trial and error, Matthew discards his ‘cooler than thou’ mask and begins to relate as an adult.

The second novel, ‘Blue’, tells the story of Richard and Vanessa Lavender, who join a 90s feminist collective sharing childcare, political activism and open relationships…

In ‘Violet’, the third novel, The passionate, late-life love of Beth and James begins in 2003 on a blind date in a London restaurant. From then on they bond, exchanging love-texts, exploring sea walks and gardens and sharing their past lives with flashbacks to Beth’s rural childhood and her marriage to a dark, charismatic minister…

Leslie’s transgender memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage’ explores addiction, cross-dressing and the hidden sides of families, discovering at their core the transformative power of words to rewire the brain and reconnect with life. ‘Heaven’s Rage’ has been turned into a film.

AUTHOR: Leslie Tate

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Leslie Tate studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes. He’s the author of the trilogy of novels, ‘Purple’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Violet’, as well as his trans memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage’, which has been turned into a film.

On his website Leslie posts up weekly creative interviews and guest blogs showing how people use their imagination in life, in many different ways. He also runs a comedy club, a poetry group and a mixed arts show in Berkhamsted, UK where he lives with his wife, children’s and adult author, Sue Hampton.


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Blue, the second part of the trilogy, tells the story of Richard and Vanessa Lavender, who join a 90s feminist collective sharing childcare, political activism and open relationships. Boosted by their ‘wider network’ they take secondary partners, throw parties and observe the dance of relationships amongst their friends. But finding a balance between power and restraint, and handling shared love, proves difficult.

As the pressures build, Vanessa and Richard develop what their cousin Matthew calls an egoism à deux. He’s become a professor, and his witty lectures on modern families point back to his role in Purple, the first book in the trilogy, and forward to Richard and Vanessa’s attempts to fix their marriage.

United by their differences, Vanessa and Richard find temporary relief in humorous group outings, crazy ‘nightwalks’ and a visit to The Hen House, a quirky feminist retreat. After one particularly ugly row, they seek guidance from Laetitia, an eccentric counsellor, learning from her the healing power of children’s games and silence.

Blue is a novel about passion, commitment and staying alive. Full of strongly-drawn characters and sharp-eyed insights into modern relationships, it takes the reader to the heart of an ‘open marriage’, giving a blow-by-blow account of the shift from youthful attraction to adult reality.

“In the end,” as Richard says, “we adapt, and that makes the difference.”


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Set in 70s London, ‘Blue’ explores the relationship between two young teachers, Vanessa and Richard, who struggle through time to fulfil their marriage against a backdrop of feminist ideals and rising left wing activism. The author is clear that he is exploring issues through ‘character and language’, so pace may seem slow to begin, but picks up when we are led into descriptions of teaching ideology along with entangled relationships. So hang in there because there are some atmospheric scenes where characters play out their parts with relish – at their unorthodox counselling session, and at Vanessa’s exhibition, for example – written with style, intensity and flare. The period is well researched with authentic discussions, along with explorations of male and female points of view. For those who love literature, character development and subtle imagery backed by good research into the psychologies and philosophies of the time, this is a very good read.



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