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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing: A Memoir

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This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing: A Memoir

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 16 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 story tackles the difficult, poignant and fascinating family accounts of 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 Romany Gypsies; and Winspear’s own childhood picking hops and fruit 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.

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing: A Memoir
by Jacqueline Winspear

  • Publication Date: September 28, 2021
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press
  • ISBN-10: 1641292946
  • ISBN-13: 9781641292948