Leslie Tate

Author and Poet

Trilogy special offer

(3 customer reviews)

Special Signed & Scented deal

Buy the Lavender Blues Trilogy: ‘Purple’ + ‘Blue’ + ‘Violet’ for just £19.00 + £1.50 postage.

  1. Purple is a coming-of-age novel, a portrait of modern love and a family saga. Set in the North of England, it follows the story of shy ingénue Matthew Lavender living through the wildness of the 60s and his grandmother Mary, born into a traditional working-class family.
  2. Blue tells the story of Richard and Vanessa Lavender, who join a 90s feminist collective sharing childcare, political activism and open relationships.
  3. Violet is about late-life love. It begins in 2003 with Beth Jarvis and James Lavender on a blind date in a London restaurant. Attracted by James’s openness, Beth feels an immediate, deep connection between his honesty and her own romantic faith. 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….

All three come signed and scented with lavender!


Trilogy special offer


3 reviews for Trilogy special offer

  1. Jill Hipson

    ‘Purple’ is a delicate, detailed watercolour of a novel. It starts out with the shy and awkward student, Matthew, who is trying his hardest to look cool, clever and with-it. I really disliked Matthew at first but came to like him better as the novel progresses and he has his rough edges rubbed off by his relationships with different female characters, two of whom let him down very badly. He also meets adult role models and eventually comes to realise that his anxious, micro-managing parents were once young and extremely cool – and still can be.
    The novel has fabulous descriptive passages, some of which are very poetic. Leslie has given Matthew a number of well-written sex scenes showing his journey from the first awkward encounters to a full and passionate relationship. I enjoyed the scenes at the commune where Matthew discovers a muddy and chaotic world of dreadful poetry and worse art, controlled by a dictatorial leader who forces decisions on everyone and makes them believe it is the group’s will. He progresses from this world to the Colony, which is a family living an ordered and creative existence. The Colony leads him to his godmother and aunt, who in turn shows him who his parents really are.
    The story of Matthew’s grandmother Mary is interwoven with Matthew’s, and is a progress from tyrannical father to cold and unloving husband, before eventually finding fulfilment in her children and grandchildren.

  2. Leslie Tate

    Amazon customer review of ‘Blue’:
    Set in 70s London, ‘Blue’ explores the relationship between two young teachers, Vanessa and Richard, who struggle through time to fulfil their marriage against a backdrop of feminist ideals and rising left wing activism. The author is clear that he is exploring issues through ‘character and language’, so pace may seem slow to begin, but picks up when we are led into descriptions of teaching ideology along with entangled relationships. So hang in there because there are some atmospheric scenes where characters play out their parts with relish – at their unorthodox counselling session, and at Vanessa’s exhibition, for example – written with style, intensity and flare. The period is well researched with authentic discussions, along with explorations of male and female points of view. For those who love literature, character development and subtle imagery backed by good research into the psychologies and philosophies of the time, this is a very good read.

  3. Leslie Tate

    Customer review of ‘Violet’:
    Beth Copeland – 18th March 2018
    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! – Beth Copeland, Pushcart Prize nominated poet & winner of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize

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