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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, Far From Plain Sailing by Phillippa Leslie is a heart wrenching memoir, offering a beacon of hope to those coping with addiction, abuse and recovery.
Far From Plain Sailing
Author and artist Phillippa Leslie’s inspirational new memoir, Far From Plain Sailing, shares her poignant journey from the depths of despair to a life rich with fulfillment. Her gripping tale begins against the backdrop of India, where her mother was the child of the Raj , before winding through the challenges and discoveries of a young woman’s life in South Africa, and ultimately leading to profound personal transformation.
In the 1960s, as a newly-married young woman, Phillippa leaves the security of England for a new life in South Africa, where she encounters delights and trials in equal measure. Her story unfolds to reveal a sensitive yet determined woman who refuses to give in to a series of seemingly insurmountable problems and harrowing experiences. Phillippa’s love for her children and determination to protect them shine through as her adventures continue and her first marriage goes disastrously wrong.
She ultimately finds herself on a lonely road of self-delusion, self destruction and oblivion. Emerging renewed and with a strong urge to discover her roots and her reason for being, she embarks on a search for the history of her family, discovering at last her true identity. The book ends with a transcription of her grandmother’s diary, relating the extraordinary story of a journey on horseback into the Himalayas in 1891.
This is a book for those who have lost their way, to inspire them to look towards a happier tomorrow and to find the right path in life.
Leslie’s story is one of fierce determination and unwavering resilience. Facing insurmountable odds, including childhood abuse, broken marriages and a path of self-destruction, her metamorphosis emerges as a beacon of hope for others and is already used as a resource by charities to assist with recovery journeys. For anyone struggling, Far From Plain Sailing is an anchor in a stormy sea and a lighthouse in the dark.
In writing ‘Far From Plain Sailing’, my goal was not just to share my story but to light a path for others who may feel engulfed by the shadows of their past. This book is a testament to the human spirit’s capacity to heal and flourish despite life’s turbulent storms. I want to reach out to those who are struggling, to show them that, like me, they can emerge from the darkness stronger and full of hope.
It is my sincere belief that by sharing this story, I can inspire others to embark on their own path of healing and self-discovery, to find their rightful place in a world where happiness and peace are not just possible, but deserved.-Phillippa Leslie
British author and artist Phillipa Leslie’s life journey is as captivating as the stories she writes. In Far From Plain Sailing, she traces her remarkable path from her early years, influenced by her family’s history in India, to her challenging experiences in South Africa, and finally to her transformative years in the United Kingdom.
In addition to her writing, Phillippa is also an accomplished artist. Her artwork, like her prose, is an exploration of her life experiences, conveying emotion and storytelling through visual means. Her paintings, characterized by their vivid expression and depth, complement her narrative style, adding another dimension to her storytelling.
Now retired, Phillippa devotes her time to her twin passions of writing and painting. Her commitment to these arts is not only a means of personal expression but also a way to connect with and inspire others who may be facing their own trials.
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