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Jacqueline Winspear. The Time Next Year We’ll be Laughing (Soho Press, $27.95 Signed). The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series offers a deeply personal memoir of her family’s resilience in the face of war and privation.
After sixteen novels, Jacqueline Winspear has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her story tackles the difficult, poignant, and fascinating family accounts of her paternal grandfather’s shellshock; her mother’s evacuation from London during the Blitz; her soft-spoken animal-loving father’s torturous assignment to an explosives team during WWII; her parents’ years living with Romany Gypsies; and Winspear’s own childhood picking hops and fruit on farms in rural Kent, capturing her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer at its very inception.
An eye-opening and heartfelt portrayal of a post-War England we rarely see, This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing chronicles a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory.
“Jacqueline Winspear has created a memoir of her English childhood that is every bit as engaging as her Maisie Dobbs novels, just as rich in character and detail, history and humanity. Her writing is lovely, elegant and welcoming.”—Anne Lamott
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England, and now lives in California. After graduating from the University of London’s Institute of Education, she worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business she began to write articles about international education and travel for The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and other publications. In 2003 she turned to fiction with her New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which has been translated into over twenty languages; was a New York Times Notable Book; won an Agatha, a Macavity, and an Alex Award; and was nominated for four other awards. In addition to fifteen Maisie Dobbs novels, Winspear has published one standalone novel about the Great War, The Care and Management of Lies, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. For more information, visit her at her website.