This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

Jacqueline Winspear

ISBN: 9781641292696

Published: November 3, 2020

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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 h...

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.

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“Winspear’s protagonist is indomitable and vulnerable, brilliant and kind. ”
—Chelsea Clinton in Entertainment Weekly, on Maisie Dobbs
“History comes alive when a character you think of as a friend is in the thick of the action. ”
New York Times Book Review, on a Maisie Dobbs book
“A fascinating picture of life in England at the dawn of war . . . Resourceful Maisie remains an endearingly complex character. ”
Minneapolis Star Tribune, on a Maisie Dobbs book