For Books I Have Loved, Lesley Pearse has chosen six books that are particularly special to her. We guarantee you'll be intrigued by her wide-ranging selection. She’ll be talking to Jane Kemp about why they’re so important, and how these books have influenced her life. Join us on Thursday, July 2nd - can't wait to see you!
As a child, Lesley Pearse was told she had too much imagination for her own good. Yet today she is one of the UK’s best loved novelists, with fans across the globe and sales of over 10 million copies of her books to date. Join Woman & Home Book Club at our live event on Thursday July 2. Lesley will she talk us through her choice of six special books that she’s loved. Register for your FREE place HERE.
A new thriller
Lesley Pearce’s new novel, Liar, is her 28th book and it’s out now. Liar is a gripping thriller set in the 1970s about a young woman who’s coming closer to her ambition of being a newspaper reporter. But everything changes when she chances on a shocking scoop – the body of a murder victim dumped on a rubbish heap…
Buy it here.
Lesley Pearse’s brilliant storytelling
With storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, Lesley’s characters are unforgettable. Her books aren’t defined by any one genre, yet she engages her readers completely. She moves effortlessly between crime as in Till We Meet Again, and historical adventures like Never Look Back. The passionately emotive Trust Me is based on the true-life scandal of post-war British child migrants sent to Australia.
Lesley’s early years
Lesley’s life has been as packed with drama as her books. She was three when her mother died. With her father in the Royal Marines, Lesley and her older brother spent three years in orphanages before her father remarried. Lesley and her older brother were brought home again. They were joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children. The impact of constant change and uncertainty in Lesley’s early years is reflected in one of the recurring themes in her books. She explores what happens to those who are emotionally damaged as children. Lesley skilfully marries the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling.
First hand knowledge
Whether she is writing about the pain of first love, the unwanted, abused child, adoption, rejection, fear, poverty and revenge, she knows about it first hand. In her stories of courage and adversity, she often gives a voice to women lost in history.
She is passionate about her research and her stories have taken her from Alaska to the Crimea. Lesley now lives in in Devon where she loves to spend time with her three daughters and four grandchildren.
Woman & Home Book Club
Jane Kemp is the features director of Woman & Home magazine. An avid reader, she also loves her garden, her pond and her paintbox. She’ll be talking to Lesley Pearse and asking about the books that have influenced her life.
Join Woman & Home for Books I Have Loved
Tickets are FREE – register here.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on the night!