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Leslie Tate completed ‘Violet’ in 2018. 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 https://leslietate.com/ 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.
Violet is a captivating novel narrated through letters, diary entries, instant messages, poems, and other writings that create a multi-textured depth to the storyline. Leslie Tate’s fluid, musical sentence structure, vivid use of imagery and description, and skilful storytelling bring to life a memorable protagonist in the character of Beth Jarvis, an imaginative and sensitive woman. A pleasure to read!
Violet is a beautifully written study of life: its trials and tribulations as well as its joys and delights. It tackles many of the most important questions of humanity – the dichotomy of religion and faith, duty and free-spiritedness, imprisonment and freedom, sickness and health, battle and surrender and, of course, love in its many manifestations. The ‘love in later life’ story centres around Beth and James, both of whom have a failed marriage behind them but both of whom are willing to take the ultimate risk of starting again, seizing the day and opening themselves to the happiness as well as the heartache that love can bring. The plot is revealed through a variety of techniques: narratives, conversations, phone calls, letters, poetry, dreams and imaginative descriptions of photographs and a garden map. It is poignant, happy, sad and sensitively-written with many references to art, poetry, architecture, music, faith and nature which are all important to the protagonists. Beth and James experience intense joy as well as deep despair and anguish and are not afraid to show their vulnerability, anger, sense of injustice and coping strategies in a very open and honest way which draws the reader in. Throughout the book we get to really know them – their life experience, love of nature, spirituality, appreciation of the arts and their deep and immortal love. We are, indeed, taken to ‘the place where love makes us whole’.