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  • Published: 10 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781641292696
  • Imprint: Soho Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 314
  • RRP: $55.00
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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing



The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series offers a deeply personal memoir of her Kentish childhood and 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 memoir tackles such difficult, poignant, and fascinating family memories as 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 Romani Gypsies; and Jacqueline’s own childhood working 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 is the story of a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory.

  • Published: 10 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781641292696
  • Imprint: Soho Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 314
  • RRP: $55.00
Categories:

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Praise for This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

Praise for Maisie Dobbs A favorite mystery series of Hillary Clinton (as mentioned in What HappenedThe New York Times Book Review, and New York Magazine) A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Agatha Award Winner for Best First Novel Macavity Award Winner for Best First Novel Alex Award Winner “Compelling . . . powerful. [Maisie Dobbs] testifies to the enduring allure of the traditional mystery . . . even though I knew what was coming this second time 'round, its final scene is still a punch in the gut.” —Maureen Corrigan for NPR’s Fresh Air "[A] deft debut novel . . . Romantic readers sensing a story-within-a-story won't be disappointed. But first they must be prepared to be astonished at the sensitivity and wisdom with which Maisie resolves her first professional assignment." The New York Times "The reader familiar with Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency . . . might think of Maisie Dobbs as its British counterpart . . . [Winspear] has created a winning character about whom readers will want to read more." Associated Press "[Maisie Dobbs] catches the sorrow of a lost generation in the character of one exceptional woman." Chicago Tribune "One of the best and most influential crime novels of the young century." —Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine “A fine new sleuth for the twenty-first century. Simultaneously self-reliant and vulnerable, Maisie isn't a character I'll easily forget.” —Elizabeth George, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley series “The book is much more than a cosy mystery—it is also about women's growing emancipation and the profound changes to society after the First World War.” Mail on Sunday “A delightful mix of mystery, war story and romance set in WWI–era England . . . A refreshing heroine, appealing secondary characters and an absorbing plot [make Winspear a] writer to watch.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review   “A poignant and compelling story . . . [Winspear handles] human drama with compassionate sensitivity while skillfully avoiding cloying sentimentality. At the end, the reader is left yearning for more. Highly recommended.” Library Journal, Starred Review

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