BOOK REVIEW | The Long and Winding Road

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My Autobiography

By Lesley Pearse


Lesley Pearse didn’t publish her first novel until she was 48. Now she has sold over ten million books around the world and is a constant presence on the bestseller chart.

Growing up in an orphanage

A writer of heart-stopping stories, Lesley’s books are filled with heroines struggling to make it in a difficult world. Yet this description could apply to Lesley herself. In this, her first ever autobiography, she tells of growing up in an orphanage after her mother’s death, her racy twenties in London during the swinging sixties and working as a bunny girl and dressmaker.

Packed full of Lesley’s signature warmth, wit and poignancy, this is the story of a woman and a writer fighting against the odds to achieve her dreams.

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

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, she became a published writer.

Since then Lesley has become a bestselling author with over ten million of her books sold worldwide.


  • PUBLISHER | Penguin Random House SA |
  • ISBN | 9780241701508 |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R420.00 |
  • Classification | Biography |



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