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Nina Consuelo Epton (1913–29 October 2010)[1] was a British radio producer, broadcaster and travel writer, particularly active in the 1950s and 1960s. She travelled alone through Spain, North Africa, and Indonesia. In the 1970s she published a number of historical works about royalty, two books about cats, and a novel based on the life of Jane Digby.

Nina Epton
Born 1913
Died 29 October 2010
Seaford, East Sussex, England
Occupation radio producer, travel writer
Citizenship British
Alma mater University of Paris
Period 20th century
Genre travel writing
Notable works Love and the French (1959)
Love and the English (1960)
Love and the Spanish (1961)
Years active 1949–1977

Her greatest commercial success was a series of literary, historical and sociological books about amorous relationships: Love and the French (1959), Love and the English (1960), Love and the Spanish (1961). In various combinations these were translated into French, German and Spanish. All three were reprinted by Penguin Books in 1964–1965.



Early lifeEdit

Epton was born in Hampstead to a Scottish father and a Spanish mother. She was educated partly in England and partly in France, graduated from the University of Paris, and travelled widely.[2]


During the 1950s she was the producer of the BBC's French-Canadian department,[3] with particular responsibility for BBC contributions to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's French-language newsreel, Revue de l'actualité.[4][5] Between 1953 and 1969 she was also an occasional contributor to the BBC Home Service and the BBC Light Programme as a presenter, interviewer, and panellist.[6]

As a travel writer she was considered something of a novelty in the early 1950s as a good-looking woman who travelled alone and engaged deeply and critically with local conditions.[7]

Nina Epton died on 29 October 2010, her last address having been 58 Vale Road, Seaford, East Sussex.[8]




  • Journey under the Crescent Moon (London: V. Gollancz, 1949).[9]
  • Oasis Kingdom: The Libyan Story (London: Jarrolds, 1952).[10]
  • Islands of the Sunbird: Travels in Indonesia (London and New York: Jarrolds, 1954).[11][12]
  • The Islands of Indonesia, 4 volumes (London: Pitman, 1955)
  • The Valley of Pyrene (London: Cassell, 1955).[13]
  • Grapes and Granite (London: Cassell, 1956)[14][15]
  • The Palace and the Jungle (London: Oldbourne Press, 1957)
  • Navarre: The Flea between Two Monkeys (London: Cassell, 1957)
  • The Golden Sword: Being the dramatized story of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1781–1826 (London: Oldbourne, 1957)
  • Saints and Sorcerers: A Moroccan Journey (London: Cassell, 1958).[16]
  • Love and the French (London: Cassell, 1959)[17]
  • Love and the English (London: Cassell, 1960)[18]
  • Love and the Spanish (London, 1961)[19]
  • Milord and Milady (London: Oldbourne, 1962)
  • Seaweed for Breakfast: A Picture of Japanese Life Today (London: Cassell, 1963)
  • Madrid (London: Cassell, 1964)
  • Spain's Magic Coast, from the Miño to the Bidassoa: A personal guidebook (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966)[20]
  • Stewart Wavell, Audrey Butt, Nina Epton, Trances (London: Allen & Unwin, 1966)
  • Spanish Fiestas: including romerías, excluding bull-fights (London: Cassell, 1968)
  • Andalusia (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968)
  • Victoria and Her Daughters (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971).[21]
  • The Spanish Mousetrap: Napoleon and the Court of Spain (London: Macdonald and Co, 1973)
  • Cat Manners and Mysteries (London: Michael Joseph, 1973)
  • The Burning Heart: A novel based on the life of Jane Digby, Lady Ellenborough (London: Macdonald and Jane's, 1974)
  • Magic and Mystics of Java (London: Octagon Press, 1974)
  • Josephine: The Empress and Her Children (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1975)
  • Dora Bell's Village Cats (London: Joseph, 1977)


  1. ^ "Public Notices" (PDF). Eastbourne Herald. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "A Pretty Explorer Will Set Off Again", Sunday Herald (Sydney), 5 July 1953.
  3. ^ "Woman Has a Wanderlust and Writes", The West Australian (Perth), 4 September 1953.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Pierre Pagé, Histoire de la radio au Québec (Quebec, 2007), p. 113.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "A Pretty Explorer Will Set Off Again", Sunday Herald (Sydney), 5 July 1953.
  8. ^ "Public Notices" (PDF). Eastbourne Herald. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Review in The Advertiser (Adelaide), 1 Oct. 1949.
  10. ^ Reviewed by Henry L. Roberts in Foreign Affairs, Oct. 1954.
  11. ^ Review in The News (Adelaide), 11 June 1954.
  12. ^ Reviewed in The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 July 1954.
  13. ^ Review by Isabel Quigly, in The Tablet, 30 April 1955.
  14. ^ An appreciation by S. G. Rial, "Nina Epton, la escritora inglesa que descubrió la Costa da Morte", La Voz de Galicia, 30 Oct. 2011.
  15. ^ Review by Isabel Quigly, in The Tablet, 21 July 1956.
  16. ^ Review by R. C. Soriven in The Tablet, 4 Oct. 1958.
  17. ^ Reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Feb. 14, 1959.
  18. ^ Review of the 1965 Penguin editions of Love and the French, English, Spanish, by Alan Fitzgerald in The Canberra Times, 19 June 1965.
  19. ^ Review by Denis Brass in The Tablet, 26 May 1962.
  20. ^ Cited in David Henn, Old Spain and New Spain: The Travel Narratives of Camilo José Cela (Cranbury NJ, 2004), pp. 97, 174.
  21. ^ Review by Paul Foster OP in The Tablet, 16 Oct. 1971.

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