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  • Published: 5 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241453209
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $65.00

The Long and Winding Road


One of the world's favourite storytellers tells the extraordinary story of her life

Lesley Pearse didn't publish her first novel until she was 48. Now she has sold over ten million books around the world and is a constant presence on the bestseller chart.

A writer of heart-stopping stories, Lesley's books are filled with heroines struggling to make it in a difficult world.
Yet this description could apply to Lesley herself. In this, her first ever autobiography, she tells of growing up in an orphanage after her mother's death, her racy twenties in London during the swinging sixties and working as a bunny girl and dressmaker.

Packed full of Lesley's signature warmth, wit and poignancy, this is the story of a woman and a writer fighting against the odds to achieve her dreams.

  • Published: 5 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241453209
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $65.00

About the author

Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse was brought up in South London in various orphanages from the age of three. She learned about the Soho club scene and the music business during the Sixties with the late John Pritchard. Her novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide. Lesley has three daughters and three grandchildren and lives in Bristol.

Lesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through a number of jobs, including nanny, bunny girl, dressmaker and full-time mother before, at the age of forty-nine, settling upon a career that would allow her gifts to blossom: she became a published writer. Lesley now lives just outside Bristol. She has three daughters and two grandchildren.

Find out more about Lesley and keep up to date with what she's been doing by following her on Twitter@LesleyPearse or by signing up for her regular newsletter at www.LesleyPearse.com

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Praise for The Long and Winding Road

Praise for Lesley Pearse


Storytelling at its very best

Daily Mail

Evocative, compelling, told from the heart

Sunday Express

Glorious, heartwarming

Woman & Home

Intriguing, heart-tugging, beautifully written


I couldn’t put this book down. Although harrowing at times, Lesley’s indomitable spirit shines through. What an inspiration, what a book!

Katie Fforde

Searingly honest, and fabulously entertaining, Lesley's life story is a poignant and powerful story that is truly unputdownable

Milly Johnson

A totally gripping read, by turns tragic, mad-cap, heartbreaking and mind-blowing. And anyone who can read that final chapter without bursting into happy tears has to have a heart of stone

Jill Mansell

Humorous and heartbreaking, Lesley opens up to her readers in a way that is rare and very special. I was so gripped I read it twice

Kate Furnivall

An incredible life story from a literary icon, Lesley Pearse’s truth is even more gripping than her fiction

Veronica Henry

What a roller coaster of a ride. I couldn't do anything else until I'd finished this book. Gripping, heart wrenching. A true life Woman of Substance. It was an amazing read

Jo Thomas

Moving and heartwarming, this is a must read . . . one of our favourite authors


Early on this book, Pearse says she doesn’t want it to be a misery memoir, and it isn’t. This remarkable woman has somehow succeeded in bouncing back from everything that life has thrown at her, and you can only salute her resilience and cheer at the contentment she has finally found

Daily Mail

An incredible memoir


[Lesley] is a great storyteller, and like all good stories The Long and Winding Road concludes with one terrific twist

Daily Mail

This inspiring, heart-warming, extraordinary memoir will have you captivated

Woman's Weekly

This inspiring, heart-warming memoir will have you captivated

Woman’s Weekly

Lesley is a survivor, you'll certainly want to read the extraordinary story of her life. Inspiring and hopeful, this heartwarming memoir will have you captivated