Literary Estates

Currently a legacy agency, we are not taking on new clients, or looking at unsolicited new material for the time being.

We manage various literary estates, and offer tailored rights consultancy services to literary executors.

The Lesley Blanch archive of letters, photographs and other memorabilia is housed by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, USA. Learn more


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Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes & Georgia de Chamberet at Waterstones, Piccadilly W1, discussing Lesley Blanch's bohemian life, her 18-year marriage with diplomat-novelist Romain Gary, The Balkans, Russia and the Middle East in the 1950s & more, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

LESLEY BLANCH (1904-2007)

Historian, travel writer and illustrator

Distinguished traveller and biographer, Lesley Blanch, MBE, (1904-2007), is best-known for The Wilder Shores of Love. The book became an instant classic when published in 1954. Visit her website

The Estate is represented by Peters Fraser & Dunlop, 55 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BS Tel: +44(0)20 7344 1000 Email: Or contact us HERE

Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places (Quartet Books) is the companion volume to Lesley Blanch's posthumous memoirs, On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life (Virago).

The French edition, translated by Lucien d'Azay is published by La Table Ronde, Paris, under the title Croquis d'une vie de bohème. Figaro Littéraire — "Fine, perceptive writing."

An early memoir, Journey Into the Mind’s Eye, "Blanch’s hybrid work of memoir, travelogue, history, and literary criticism, written in 1968 and recently reprinted by NYRB Classics, is startlingly ahead of its time . . . idiosyncratic and sparklingly entertaining” — Los Angeles Review of Books.


Psychologist, sociologist and management guru

george elton mayo

Psychologist, sociologist and management guru, Professor George Elton Mayo, (1880-1949), is chiefly remembered for the Hawthorne Experiments (1924-1933) which examined the effects of social relations, motivation, and employee satisfaction on factory productivity. He is featured in Tim Hindle's The Economist Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus (Economist Books), Browse & Buy

Book Sample [PDF] Elton Mayo: The Humanist Temper, a biography by RCS Trahair, A Zaleznik, (Taylor & Francis). Browse & Buy

Elton Mayo laid the ground rules for interviewing — the principles of which have been repeated in numerous 'how to' books on leadership, coaching and mentoring over the last half century — in The Psychology of Pierre Janet (page 23, Routledge Revivals). Browse & Buy

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Elton Mayo, The Descent into Chaos (Speech, New England Conference on National Defense, April 1941);
Elton Mayo, The Problem of Working Together (Lecture delivered April 30, 1932 nationwide, NBC radio)


Writer, artist and photographer

gael elton mayo

THE TIMES — Gael Elton Mayo's three volumes of autobiography have a classical hold on that marriage between love and death which is the right stuff for literature.

The Mad Mosaic by Gael Elton Mayo is her first-hand account of World War Two and the fight for freedom against authoritarian populism. It is ominously relevant to Western democracies today. Browse & Buy

Educated in England, Switzerland and at the Sorbonne, Gael Elton Mayo worked as writer-researcher for Magnum Photographers in Paris.

She covered England with Henri Cartier-Bresson, for Robert Capa’s brainchild, 'Generation X', which she describes in her autobiography, The Mad Mosaic, as "the name given to the unknown generation, those who were twenty after the war, and in the middle of a century. Capa wanted to choose a young man, and young girl, in each of twelve countries and five continents, examine their way of life, and find out what they were doing, thinking and hoping for the future." (Holiday changed 'Generation X' to 'Youth of the World' when it was published; an abbreviated version appeared in Picture Post in 1953.) Learn more

A selection of Gael Elton Mayo's books are available from BookBlast® ePublishing