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Lavender Blues: Three Shades of Love takes us deep into the lives of the Lavender family. The three books - 'Purple', 'Blue' and 'Violet' - explore free love, traditional courtship, open marriage and late-life romance.1. Purple:Matthew Lavender, starting college in 1969, has embraced a student underworld of drugs, image and cooler than thou. But behind his wild and witty persona lies a shy, sensitive romantic - a 'feeling type' bullied at school and restricted by his parents - who knows absolutely nothing about sex.As Matthew gets involved with fellow-student Sally, the scene shifts to the early 20th century and his grandmother Mary Lavender begins her story. Brought up by an over-controlling father nicknamed 'Jack the Hammer', Mary witnesses her parents' fierce, monosyllabic rows and the long-running battles between Jack and his children. After the defiant exit of Mary's brother and sister, Mary meets Stuart Lavender and a traditional courtship begins, leading to the birth of Matthew's father, Alan.History repeats itself as Alan and Matthew clash and Matthew leaves home. He takes up residence at a commune where he witnesses some supremely laughable examples of 60s free self-expression. From here on he grows and matures through contact with children and a number of deeply-felt and unpredictable love affairs.In the end Matthew returns to the beach where he played as a child with Mary. As the two stories come together, Matthew learns a whole new outlook on youth, relationships and the man he has become.

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Leslie wrote his Lavender Blues trilogy while attending a University of East Anglia Creative Writing Course. He is a novelist, poet and teacher, with an MA in Creative Writing, whose stories are driven by language and character. Leslie admires Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Carol Shields, Marilynne Robinson and Michael Ondaatje. He runs mixed-arts shows, a poetry reading group and a comedy club, and has led writing workshops at universities, libraries and festivals. He uses music and art as part of his performances which offer surprising insights into prose and how authors 'reread the world'. He often performs with his wife, author Sue Hampton. Calling themselves 'Authors in Love', they live together in Hertfordshire.

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