The Long and Winding Road


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Pub Date 29 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024

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'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

'More extraordinary than any plot twist in Pearse's novels' Mail on Sunday


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 . . .


'An incredible memoir' Sun

‘An action-packed life. A great storyteller. Concludes with one terrific final twist’ Daily Mail

'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

'More extraordinary than any plot twist in...

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The Long and Winding Road by Lesley Pearce

I've always enjoyed reading the authors book and nearly always it contained real true life dramas.

Now having read this book it goes some way in informing us on how she was able to dig deep into the traumas that people often have to endure before finding a happier , more fulfilling life.
Thank you Lesley for letting us into your life.

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I read this book in just over a day. I have read all of Lesley's books over the years and used to speak to her frequently on twitter when I was on it a lot. I knew she was funny and quirky and being a bunny girl was one of her many jobs but everything else was a surprise to me.

The beginning of the book when she speaks about her childhood is even more upsetting and emotional than some of the books she has written. The adults in her life let her down to the point that I would have thrown them in a cell and threw the keys away. Lesley has always been a fighter and she fought her way out of her miserable childhood as soon as she was legally allowed to.

Out in the world quite alone and trying to begin her knew life was filled with pitholes and more people who didn't treat her right and took advantage of a young girl. Lesley's resilience shone through and her ability to make friends with anyone brought good people into her life.

Lesley Pearse's books are full of strong resilient women who have awful things happen to them ( just like her) and like Lesley they battle through and win in the end. She speaks about the research she did for the book,Never Look back which has always been my favourite book of hers so I found that really interesting.

It's not all doom and gloom. Lesley has a great sense of humour and her exploits during the swinging sixties wete hilarious as she was living in London right in the centre of it. She was up for anything a real haram scarem as we used to say.

I enjoyed hearing how she started writing and how long it actually took her to get published but again she won through in the end. She thoroughly deserves to enjoy her rewards from her books.
Anyone who reads Lesley's book will devour this autobiography. I certainly did and especially loved the wonderful ending.

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Wow what a fabulous read. I couldn't put this book down and read it in two days Lesley had certainly had a rollercoaster of a life from losing her mother at just three years old to being the great writer she is today. She overcame so much at such a young age but always worked hard and definitely played hard and certainly enjoyed herself making many mistakes but always working hard and I admired her so much for all she overcame. I'm not going to give anything away as think readers will enjoy her story as it unfolds. Thank you Lesley for sharing your story and being so honest you deserve all your success and more I've read all your books some more than once and I think your experiences shine through in your writing and I hope this memoir flies high and I'm so happy you have all your children in your life. A brilliant story and I highly recommend it

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I LOVED this memoir. Pearse takes the reader on a journey of her life, and everything is so well written and recounted I felt as if I was really there with her. I adored how she recounted the different eras of her life, and I was thoroughly entertained the whole way through. It’s often hard to write a book about yourself and make it appealing to a wider audience, but she managed to do it. I just loved it, what a spectacular woman with a jaw dropping life.

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What a resilient woman!
Lesley Pearse has written this autobiography as if it’s a book of fiction. (In my opinion)
It’s easy to read and I really didn’t want it to end,
It’s unbelievable how many knock backs she had, but with grit, determination and a lot of hard work she bounced back. She certainly is not afraid of getting her hands dirty, but I’m pleased she managed to get her writing career off the ground.
I definitely recommend this book!

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An amazing story of hardship and survival against all odds. From the death of her mother at a very early age and having to spend time in an orphanage where her trust in adults was sorely tested it is surprising, to me, that she achieved so much. It was, of course, due to her shear determination through the many trials and tribulations which she faced throughout her life. I was fascinated from the beginning to the end. The end was such a lovely story when she found her first born who she had to give up. As much as it was heart breaking at times it certainly was heart warming when her dreams of becoming a writer was fulfilled so successfully. I admired her as a writer having read all of her books but knowing her story had made me admire her more.

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What an amazing read!! I am a huge fan of Lesley Pearse and have read every book she has published, there’s almost always a new one on the airport shelves in the summer.
Her characters are always strong, resourceful and battle through adversity and now I see why!!!
What a life she has had led and what an eye opening memoir. This is sure to be another best seller 📚

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Unputdownable. From this amazing storyteller, it's all about survival.
This is Lesley's story told how it is a life worth fighting for. I loved reading the whole book from chapter to chapter. Absolutely worth my five stars. It's a touching true story told from the author's heart.

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