Doris Leslie

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Doris Leslie (née Oppenheim, later Lady Fergusson Hannay) (9 March 1891 – 30 May 1982), was a British novelist and historical biographer. Her novel Peridot Flight (1956) was serialised in 10 episodes by BBC TV in October–December 1960. [1]

A number of her books had dust jackets with illustrated designs by period artists such as Philip Gough and Arthur Barbosa.

She was married three times: [2] in 1914 to John Leslie Isaacson (1889–1919); in 1930 to Reginald Vincent Cookes (1894–1948); and in 1936 to Walter Fergusson Leisrink Hannay, who was knighted in 1951 and died in 1961.


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  1. "Doris Leslie". IMDb .
  2. England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915: John L Isaacson & Doris Oppenheim, St Marylebone London Sep 1914 Vol 1a Page 1588; Reginald V. Cookes & Doris Leslie, Hampstead Middlesex Mar 1930 Vol 1a Page 1089; Walter F L Hannay & Doris Leslie or Cookes, Westminster Middlesex Dec 1936 Vol 1a Page 1325
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  4. Leslie, Doris (1962), I return : the story of François Villon, Hodder & Stoughton, retrieved 3 July 2013
  5. "Books by Doris Leslie (Author of the Prime Minister's Wife)".