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A Date for Your Diary: Japan Society lecture November 10th

14 September 2016
Aliens Invade! The Barbarians and the Shogun with Lesley Downer

Thursday 10 November 2016 at 6.45pm

The Swedenborg Society
20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Hall entrance on Barter St)
London WC1A 2TH

Free – booking recommended
Book online here

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The Butterfly Effect: Radio 4 programme on the story behind Madame Butterfly

26 March 2013

The Butterfly Effect – BBC Radio 4 Soprano Amanda Roocroft explores the impact of Madame Butterfly in performance and popular culture. […] Author and Japanese expert Lesley Downer and opera enthusiast Rod Wood provide details of the origins of her tragic story and present fascinating insights into the life and work of Puccini. […] First […]

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Japanese at Heart: article about Lesley in the Malaysian Star

14 November 2012

A British author unveils the wonders of writing about the Japanese, and how she has fallen in love with a culture not her own. HER first novel tells of the forbidden love between the Japanese shogun’s last concubine and a rebel warrior. Her second takes place in the exotic pleasure quarters of Japan, where a […]

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Across a Bridge of Dreams – updated lecture dates October 2012

14 October 2012

Forthcoming lectures: Wednesday October 17th 7.00 pm (tickets on sale at the door from 6.30) Royal Overseas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR tel 0207 408 0214 ext 324 or email culture@rosl.org.uk Website: Royal Over-Seas League Illustrated talk: The New Japan and the Last Samurai *** Friday October 26th 7.00 […]

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Across a Bridge of Dreams – updated lecture dates 2012

19 September 2012

Forthcoming lectures: Saturday September 29th 2.00pm Japan Society North West, The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT www.JSNW.org.uk Illustrated talk: The New Japan and the Last Samurai *** Monday October 8th 6.30pm Gateshead Japan Festival Gateshead Central Library tickets £5 from gateshead.gov.uk Illustrated talk: Japan: Geishas and Courtesans *** Thursday October 11th […]

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Focus on Lesley Downer on Historytellers website

3 August 2012

Lesley Downer on Across a Bridge of Dreams August 1, 2012 I’ve always wanted to do a Japanese Romeo and Juliet and the story behind the film The Last Samurai (starring Tom Cruise) fitted perfectly. In my last two novels, The Last Concubine and The Courtesan and the Samurai, I wrote about the civil war […]

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Across a Bridge of Dreams – more lecture dates 2012

19 July 2012

Forthcoming lectures: Saturday September 29th 2.00pm Japan Society North West, The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT www.JSNW.org.uk Illustrated talk: The New Japan and the Last Samurai *** Monday October 8th 6.30pm Gateshead Japan Festival Gateshead Central Library tickets £5 from gateshead.gov.uk Illustrated talk: Japan: Geishas and Courtesans *** Thursday October 11th […]

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Lesley Downer’s romance with Japan: interview by the Japan Times

2 July 2012

Author Lesley Downer’s romance with Japan is no fleeting affair British writer, historian and journalist Lesley Downer has been visiting Japan and writing about it for nearly 35 years — beginning in 1978, when she was part of the first-ever intake of the English Teaching Recruitment Program, which evolved into the famous JET (Japan Exchange […]

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Book launch of Across a Bridge of Dreams, Tuesday June 19 2012

21 June 2012

Celebrated the launch of Across a Bridge of Dreams at Daunt’s wonderful book shop on Marylebone High Street in London. Lots of friends and colleagues came and a good time was had by all. Hoping my book will do well! Please click on thumbnails below to scroll through the gallery:

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Review of Across a Bridge of Dreams in the Independent

18 June 2012

Celebrating publication day (June 7th) and launch day (June 19th) – and have already had a lovely review of Across a Bridge of Dreams in the Independent! Japan’s headlong rush towards modernity frames this tale of star-crossed love. by Victoria James Nearly a thousand years before Romeo met Juliet, Japan boasted its own pair of […]

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