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Georgia de Chamberet

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Georgia de Chamberet (born 1964, Paris) is a writer and translator with thirty years of experience in independent publishing.

She was Senior Editor at Quartet Books.[1] from 1988 to 1996 and collaborated with editorial director Stephen Pickles, and editor-at-large, the late Anthony Blond, publishing authors Tahar Ben Jelloun, Daniel Pennac, Annie Ernaux, Rachid Mimouni, Elsa Gress and The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys (the pen name of Pierre Ryckmans) which won the 1992 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She was also managing editor of the Quartet Encounters series reissuing world classics in translation.

She founded BookBlast Ltd in 1997, a writing agency based in West London to showcase new or overlooked writers. Early agency successes include Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing About Black Britain, edited by Onyekachi Wambu and XCiTés: the Flamingo Book of New French Writing[2][3][4]. Chamberet was one of the original founder-members of English PEN's Writers in Translation committee.[5] She launched the BookBlast Celebrates Independent Publishing initiative via online journal The BookBlast Diary in 2016.[6]The BookBlast 10x10 Tour in association with Waterstones was held in Autumn 2018. [7][8]

She is the literary executor of her godmother, the historian and traveller Lesley Blanch (1904-2007). She edited Blanch's memoirs, On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life[9][10][11], first published in 2015 by Virago, London, and La Table Ronde, Paris in 2018. [12] The title is taken from Blanch's best known book, The Wilder Shores of Love, published in 1954. Chamberet spoke at Oxford Literature Festival in 2015 with Philip Mansel[13] about her experience of editing the memoir. A collection of Blanch's early journalism, biographical essays and travellers’ tales, Far To Go and Many To Love: People and Places[14] was published by Quartet Books in 2017.

Chamberet wrote a series of articles about French counterculture for 3:AM Magazine: Paris is Burning, Beauty Victims[15], Paris is Burning ii[16] and Paris is Burning iii[17]. She also was a columnist and reviewer for Words Without Borders[18][19][20](2006 - 2010)[21]and interviewed the travel writer, memoirist, journalist, Duncan Fallowell, for Prospect Magazine[22]

She was a judge [23]for the The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation in the thirteenth year of the prize alongside Pete Ayrton, Fadia Faqir and Sophia Vasalou.[24]


  • 2012 – Thinking Inside the Box[25] by Louis Saha (Vision Sports)
  • 2018 – A Call for Revolution by The Dalai Lama (Rider)
  • 2020 – The Disappearance of Josef Mengele: A Novel by Olivier Guez (Verso). Prix Renaudot 2017.


  1. Attallah, Naim (2007). Fulfilment & Betrayal 1975-1995. Chapter ‘The Quartet Years’ references Georgia de Chamberet as Senior Editor at Quarter: Quartet Books. ISBN 978-0704371217. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Stevenson, Helen (14 July 1999). ""Wednesday Book: No Brie, but lots of ecstasy. XCiTes: The Flamingo Book of New French Writing edited by Georgia de Chamberet"". independent. Retrieved 2020-04-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Gallix, Andrew (12 September 2008). "The New Wave of French Urban Fiction, The Guardian Books". Andrew Gallix. Retrieved 2020-04-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Cowley, Jason (5 June 2002). "France: into the void". Jason Cowley. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Staff, English PEN (20 August 2004). "Professionals working with Writers in Translation". englishpen. Retrieved 2020-04-12. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. de Chamberet, Georgia (September 2018). "Georgia de Chamberet: 'Independent voices'". Bookanista. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. 10x10 Tour, The BookBlast 10x10 Tour (2018). "Waterstones Events". waterstones. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. 10x10 Tour, The BookBlast 10x10 Tour (2018). "Visit Bristol". visitbristol. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Shilling, Jane (19 January 2015). "On the Wilder Shores of Love: a Bohemian Life by Lesley Blanch, review: 'deliciously readable'". The Telegraph. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. The Mitford Society (13 February 2015). "On the Wilder Shores of Love: A Bohemian Life". The Mitford Society. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. de Chamberet, Georgia (24 January 2017). "Georgia de Chamberet: 'Lesley Blanch never apologised for who she was'". The Guardian. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. litteraires, chroniques (18 July 2018). "Croquis d'une vie de boheme". danslemanoirauxlivres. Retrieved 2020-04-24. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Oxford Literature Festival 2015" (PDF). Oxford Literature Festival. 22 March 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Schuler, C J (10 July 2017). "The battle against beige". C. J. Schüler Writer & editor. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. de Chamberet, Georgia (2005). "Paris is Burning 1: Beauty Victims". 3:am Magazine. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. de Chamberet, Georgia (4 February 2007). "Paris is Burning ii: Close Encounters of a European Kind". 3:am Magazine. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. de Chamberet, Georgia (29 June 2008). "Paris is Burning iii". 3:am Magazine. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. de Chamberet, Georgia. "Contributor Georgia de Chamberet". Words Without Borders. Retrieved 12 April 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. de Chamberet, Georgia (11 September 2012). "Translating Buenos Aires Street Slang: 3 Questions for Frank Wynne". World Literature Today. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  20. de Chamberet, Georgia (14 February 2008). "The A to Z of Literary Translation". Words Without Borders. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  21. de Chamberet, Georgia. "The Silent Steppe by Mukhamet Shayakhmetov". Words Without Borders. Retrieved 12 April 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  22. de Chamberet, Georgia (24 May 2008). "Duncan Fallowell interviewed". Prospect. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  23. "The 2018 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation". The Banipal Trust for Arab Literature. Retrieved 12 April 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  24. Authors, Society of. "Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize (Arabic)". societyofauthors. Retrieved 2020-04-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  25. "FSF Football Writers Awards 2012". FSA. 1 June 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External links[edit]

Georgia de Chamberet and BookBlast at the Digital Bodleian Library

Literary Executor, Estate of Lesley Blanch

Lesley Blanch, Regency England undressed: Harriette Wilson, the greatest courtesan of her age

Verso Books

BookBlast celebrates independent publishing

The BookBlast 10×10 Tour: A Celebration of Independent Publishing

Amazon (company)

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