About – Viviane Elisabeth Borg

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Viviane Elisabeth Borg (née Fleri) was born in Alexandria, Egypt on 15th January 1925 at a time when the Country was under a ruling monarchy which permitted a predominant European influence to flourish. This gave Egypt and Alexandria in particular a distinctive cosmopolitan and flamboyant lifestyle. Despite being born British of Maltese descent she had a totally Italian upbringing and received an extensive French education at the French Lycée. Being a great lover of poetry and literature she aspired at becoming a writer. Her studies were cut short as World War II erupted over Europe. At the age of 18 she was called up to join the military forces and gave her services working at the British Admiralty in Alexandria. She married in 1946 and gave birth to three children. In 1952 her husband, Hubert, obtained a managerial position at a shipping agency at the small town of Port Said where he moved to with his family. They lived there happily until political disruptions between the Egyptian government and Anglo-French interests in the Suez Canal Zone resulted in military intervention. The result of the week-long conflict in 1956, which became known in history as the Suez Crisis, forced the evacuation of all European nationals out of Egypt. Viviane and her family were compelled to abandon their home and all assets and leave their country as political refugees. They set up our new home in London where they became a magnet for the rest of the family. Over the next few years since their arrival in 1957 Viviane’s family was to join them. First to arrive was her elder sister with her family, then her parents, and soon after her elder brother with his family. Eventually cousins and friends all came to live in London one by one. She now lives in the south of France near Cannes.

In 1997 she wrote and self published a memoir entitled When the Wind Blows (ISBN: 978-0953681907). Proceeds from the sale of the books were donated to Cancer Research in memory of her husband, Hubert,  who died of bowel cancer in 1989.

Her second novel [adult fiction] A Tangled Web – Although previously self-published on Smashwords in 2012 has now been un-published and was published as an e-book and print version with Sweet Cravings Publishing until September 2014 when the publisher was forced into bankruptcy due to financial crisis.

On 12th August 2016 A Tangled Web was re-released by Luminosity Publishing LLP.

Viviane Elisabeth Borg




3 responses to “About – Viviane Elisabeth Borg

  1. Hi there,

    My name is Oriane and my grand-father and I just discovered Viviane’s poetry on Alexandria. My grand-dad is also an author and would love to use part of ‘Nostalgie du Passé’ in his last novel. Do you know how to contact Viviane and if she would be willing to authorise him to do so?

    Thanks a lot in advance,

    Jean and Oriane from Chambord, France

    • Dear Oriane,

      I will speak to my mother, Viviane and will email you her decision.


      Robert Borg

    • Hi Oriane,
      I’m sorry I haven’t got back to you on your request sooner. I have spoken with my mother about this and she is delighted to allow her poem to be used on condition that your grandfather acknowledges her as the author of the poem and respects her copyright.

      Please let us have details of his novel so we might obtain a copy.



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