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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

by Jacqueline Winspear

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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2020
    312 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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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, working class indomitability and family secrets, artistic inspiration and the price of memory.

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"Winspear...draws distinctive portraits of postwar England...and her unsettling struggles within the rigid British class system. An engaging childhood memoir and a deeply affectionate tribute to the author's parents." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[Winspear's] words are hopeful and bright, and imbued with a resilience that will resonate with readers...The book will appeal well beyond Winspear's fan base as a literary memoir deeply linked to history and as a meditation on place and family." - Library Journal (starred review)

"[L]ovely...The author's fans and lovers of recent English history will be delighted with this elegantly executed memoir." - Publishers Weekly

"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's memoir takes the reader through the early and adolescent years of the author's life as well as the history of her parents' young marriage in a fashion that is simultaneously endearing, touching, amusing, heartfelt, and astonishing...It's a love letter and a beautiful work of gratitude toward the people and the place that made the author what and who she is." - Elizabeth George

"A beautifully rendered, elegant work of literary architecture joining the present to the past. Jacqueline Winspear's memoir of an English country childhood is also an homage to the remarkable parents whose choices and outlooks shaped her. Their stories of hardship and gratitude became hers, and hers became this unforgettable book." - Hope Edelman, New York Times bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and The Aftergrief

"This is a memoir both evocative and unflinching. Without a trace of self-pity, Jacqueline Winspear portrays a childhood of rural poverty overcome by hard manual labor, lifelong love amid emotional wounds, and a profound understanding of how 'the gift of place' creates meaning...An illuminating portrait of a time and place that is as optimistic as it is deeply moving." - Sally Bedell Smith, author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

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Jacqueline Winspear Author Biography

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Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher education at the University of London's Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in both general and 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 and as a personal/professional coach, she embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer.

A regular contributor to journals covering international education, Jacqueline has published articles in women's magazines and has also recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco. She currently divides her time between Ojai and the San Francisco Bay Area. Jacqueline is also a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and Europe.

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