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Love Affair: The Memoir of a Forbidden Father-daughter Relationship by Leslie Kenton
  

Love Affair: The Memoir of a Forbidden Father-daughter Relationship

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Synopsis

Love Affair: The Memoir of a Forbidden Father-daughter Relationship by Leslie Kenton

Leslie Kenton was the only child of Violet, a stunning Hitchcock blonde, and Stanley - the legendary jazz giant Stan Kenton. Their story takes place on the road in 1950s America and in the mania of Hollywood – a world of jazz clubs, dance halls and one-nighters, where lives were lived on a razor’s edge.

Love Affair takes us beyond the bright lights and glamour into an intense, claustrophobic world of a father and his child. Too closely matched, their shared DNA traps them in a double helix - one strand forged in terror, the other luminous with a shared passion for music, joy and laughter. As the strands become entwined, blood on white tiles obliterates innocence and a forbidden honeymoon brings a terrifying, unbounded freedom. Gradually, as Stanley grapples with alcohol and his personal demons, his actions threaten to destroy the only real, untainted thing in his life: Leslie.

A true story of obsession, tragedy and grace, Love Affair is Leslie Kenton’s powerful memoir. At its heart is the complex relationship with her father – a union so powerful it defines all that comes after. As their lives become increasingly entangled, so do the forces of darkness and light that exist within us all, leading to destruction for him and heartbreaking redemption for her.


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Kenton's composure in describing all this, and the quality of forgiveness that she seems able to bestow...is little short of heroic. As an account of a damaged childhood made good, her memoir is brave and inspiring * Daily Mail * Leslie Kenton's determination to ignore the pressures and assumptions of our times and to write her own book in her own way represents a rare kind of bravery -- Terence Blacker * Independent * In this brave memoir of growing up Leslie reveals how the complex relationship she shared with her father has led to heartbreak and redemption * Express *


About the Author

Leslie Kenton

Award winning writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker, Leslie Kenton has written more than thirty bestselling books on health, beauty and spirituality. She conceived the Origins product range for cosmetic giant Estée Lauder, has been consultant to the European Parliament for the Green Party, and was the first chairperson of The Natural Medicine Society in Britain.

Passionate about expanding consciousness, creativity and personal freedom, Leslie believes that real health comes from within and the only ‘guru’ is the individual human soul. She lives in Primrose Hill, London and in South Island, New Zealand.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th February 2010

Author

Leslie Kenton

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Publisher

Vermilion, an imprint of Ebury Press

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography

Biography: general
Fitness & diet
Cosmetics, hair & beauty

ISBN

9780091910532

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