The Long and Winding Road (Hardback)
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The Long and Winding Road (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages
Published: 29/02/2024
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In this captivating memoir, the author of Betrayal and The House Across the Street charts the dramatic events of her life with endless insight and hope.

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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241453209
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 241 x 161 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

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

This inspiring, heart-warming, extraordinary memoir will have you captivated - Woman's Weekly

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

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

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 - Woman

An incredible memoir - Sun

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

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

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

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 - Closer

This inspiring, heart-warming memoir will have you captivated - Woman’s Weekly

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“Choppy”

I do not normally read autobiographies. I usually stick to fiction but was offered a copy of Lesley Pearse’ and since I have read and loved her books, I thought I would give it a go.
MS Pearse has led troubled life... More

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“Even the most challenging paths can lead to incredible destinations...”

I'd never in a million years have guessed that author Lesley Pearse had lived such a wild, eventful, crazy life as is laid out in these pages!

From a difficult childhood, a teenage pregnancy, struggles to make... More

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“Tells of Author Lesley Pearse's Life and How She Made it as a Successful Author.”

Born during the Second World War, Lesley's innocence came to an abrupt end when her neighbour found her, age three, coatless in the snow. The mother she'd been unable to wake had been dead for days. Sent to... More

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