Welcome to the original BookBlast™

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Boutique agency, BookBlast, was founded in 1997 by Georgia de Chamberet, an experienced bi-lingual editor with a sound track record of working with publishers and agents.

The agency offers editing, French-to-English translation, or rights management services for publishing and writing professionals.

BookBlast ePublishing, launched in 2014. Our tastes are eclectic, although our primary interest lies in non fiction.

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Editing & mentoring services

Copy-editing: we make sure that the raw text, or copy, is correct in terms of spelling, grammar and consistency, is factually accurate and easy to read. FAQs.

Book-doctoring: do you have a loose baggy monster of a manuscript which needs trimming and taming? Are plot, voice, tension and pacing problematic? If so, we can help.

Rewriting, substantive editing and mentoring: An editor wrestles text into a readable, publishable form. An editor is an invaluable “second eye,” a trusted sounding board, a gentle critic, who offers encouragement and helps the author write his or her best possible book.


The French Connection

BookBlast offers French-to-English translation services & consultancy.

Translation credits: Louis Saha's Thinking Inside The Box. Sample translations for: Éditions Flammarion, Éditions L'Iconoclaste, the Lhoist Group Corporate Art collection.

Translation consultancy for Vermilion/Random House and Éditions Gallimard in Paris, (read-through with author Claude Lanzmann of the English translation of his memoir The Patagonian Hare - Atlantic UK/Farrar Straus Giroux US).

Reader's Reports: Harvill Secker, Mulcahy Conway Associates, Serpent's Tail, Eland Books, PEN Translates!

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BookBlast ePublishing | your writing, our passion

The new boutique digital imprint, BookBlast ePublishing, actively encourages good, well-edited writing.

We showcase timeless writing - classics - alongside a limited number of contemporary authors - new voices.

Classic title The Wilder Shores of Love by Lesley Blanch is now available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store on Amazon UK | France | US | Germany | The print edition is published in paperback by Phoenix, Orion UK and Simon & Schuster US; preface by Naomi Wolf.

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We handle the negotiation and administration of intellectual property rights for a select number of estates. We are most active in the UK, France and the US.

Lesley Blanch, (1904-2007), influenced and inspired generations of writers, readers and critics.

Her literary executor is Georgia de Chamberet. Her literary estate is represented by United Agents e: MYuan@unitedagents.co.uk or Giles Smart (dramatic rights) e: gsmart@unitedagents.co.uk | USA: The Joy Harris Literary Agency 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 428 New York, NY 10016 e: contact@jhlitagent.com | Translation Rights: Intercontinental Literary Agency e: Mary.Esdaile@ila-agency.co.uk

THE INDEPENDENT – Books that feature portraits of Muslim identity and community not defined by issues of religious fundamentalism have never been as important as today. So it's pleasing that in texts that otherwise couldn't be more different, this is something that links Nawaz's memoirs with those of Lesley Blanch, the intrepid traveller and writer whose accounts of her voyages in the Middle East evoke a region, according to her god-daughter and the editor of On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life (Virago, £20), Georgia de Chamberet, "as it once was, before bombs and fundamentalism became daily news". This sumptuous and captivating collection of Blanch's work includes some of her travel writing, her memoirs of growing up in Chiswick at the turn of the century, pieces written as British Vogue's features editor during the Second World War, and a narrative of her marriage to the diplomat and novelist Romain Gary, including their life in Hollywood in the 1950s and portraits of the great and the good she crossed paths with.

Psychologist, sociologist and management guru, Professor George Elton Mayo, (1880-1949), is famous for the Hawthorne studies, a landmark in industrial psychology.

ELTON MAYO – So long as commerce specializes in business methods which take no account of human nature and social motives, so long may we expect strikes and sabotage to be the ordinary accompaniment of industry.

Gael Elton Mayo, (1923-92). Writer, photographer and artist who worked for Picture Post and as writer-researcher for Magnum Photographers in Paris, with Robert Capa, David Seymour and Henri Cartier Bresson.

THE TIMES - Gael Elton Mayo's three volumes of autobiography are among the best of our time. These books have a classical hold on that marriage between love and death which is the right stuff for literature.