Peggy Reynolds goes in search of the grandmother of the New Age, Madame Blavatsky, one of history's most enigmatic women, responsible for opening Western minds to Eastern thought.

Considered by her Victorian peers as a sage and a charlatan, a philosopher and a fraud, Blavatsky was a whirlwind of inspiration, causing a century of revolutions in the arts, politics and science, entrancing everyone from Edison to Elvis.

With stops in Bombay, London, New York and Nirvana, Travels with Blavatsky removes the beguiling cloak of mystery from Blavatsky's epic writings and incredible life.


Broadcast Dates

  • 20041219
  • 20050821
  • 20050822 (Radio 4)