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The Long and Winding Road by Lesley Pearse : a review

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book cover for Lesley Pearse's autobiography The Long and Winding Road.  A photo of an adult holding a child's and they are both walking along a lane

The Long and Winding Road by Lesley Pearse

  • Category : Literary Autobiographies
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Michael Joseph (29 Feb. 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241453208
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241453209
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The Long and Winding Road Summary

One of the world’s bestselling storytellers, Lesley Pearse writes brilliantly about survivors. Why? Because she is one herself . . .

Born during the Second World War, Lesley’s innocence came to an abrupt end when a neighbour found her, aged 3, coatless in the snow. The mother she’d been unable to wake had been dead for days. Sent to an orphanage, Lesley soon learned adults couldn’t always be trusted.

As a teenager in the swinging sixties, she took herself to London. Here, the second great tragedy of her life occurred. Falling pregnant, she was sent to a mother and baby home, and watched helplessly as her newborn was taken from her.

But like so many of her generation, Lesley had to carry on. She was, after all, a true survivor. Marriage and children followed – and all the while she nurtured a dream: to be a writer. Yet it wasn’t until at the age of 48 that her stories – of women struggling in a difficult world – found a publisher, and the bestseller lists beckoned.

As heartbreaking as it is heartwarming, Lesley’s story really is A Long and Winding Road with surprises and uplifting hope around every corner . . .

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The Long and Winding Road Review

I have been writing down my reviews for Lesley Pearse’s books since The Woman in the Wood but have been a fan for many years before. Each year I get very excited to read another of her stories. Even though this book is her autobiography, at times you forget because her own story is tragic and filled with shocking occurrences.

I raced through her autobiography and was gripped by her busy life. At times I was surprised and at other times, intrigued. Lesley Pearse’s movements with jobs and dwellings left me feeling exhausted for her and I just wanted Lesley to have the family she wanted.

I felt such a great sadness at one particular event. It really spoke to my heart.

The ending was wonderful to read. It felt moving and beautifully poetic.

Another fantastic book by Lesley Pearce and a must read for her fans.

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About the Author

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 lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

Find out more about Lesley and keep up to date with what she’s been doing:

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