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Lesley Pearse Book and Novel    

Lesley Pearse - Author


Lesley Pearse is one of the UK’s best loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 3 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, Pearse introduces you to characters that it is impossible not to care about or forget. There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre. Whether crime as in 'Till We Meet Again', historical adventure like 'Never Look Back', or the passionately emotive 'Trust Me', based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely.


Truth is often stranger than fiction and Lesley’s life has been as packed with drama as her books. She was three when her mother died under tragic circumstances. Her father was away at sea and it was only when a neighbour saw Lesley and her brother playing outside without coats on that suspicion was aroused - their mother had been dead for some time. With her father in the Royal Marines, Lesley and her older brother spent three years in grim orphanages before her father remarried - a veritable dragon of an ex army nurse - and Lesley and her older brother were brought home again, to be joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and step mother, 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: what happens to those who are emotionally damaged as children. It was an extra-ordinary childhood and in all her books, Lesley has skilfully married the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling.


'Some strange compulsion kept me writing, even when it seemed hopeless,' she admits. 'I wrote three books before 'Georgia', then along came Darley Anderson who offered to be my agent. Even so, a further six years of disappointments and massive re-writes followed before we finally found a publisher’.


There was more turmoil to follow however, when Lesley's shop failed in the 90's recession, leaving her with a mountain of debts and bruised pride. Her eighteen year marriage broke down, and at fifty she hit rock bottom - it seemed she was back where she had started in a grim flat with barely enough money for her youngest daughters bus fares to school.


'I wrote my way out of it,' she says. 'My second book 'Tara' was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year, and I knew I was on my way.'


Lesley's own life is a rich source of material for her books; 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. She’s a fighter, and with her long fought for success has come security. She owns a cottage in a pretty village between Bristol and Bath which she has lovingly renovated and her three daughters, grandson, friends, dogs and gardening have brought her great happiness. She is president of the Bath and West Wiltshire branch of the N.S.P.C.C. the charity closest to her heart.

Lesley Pearse's novels include Georgia, Tara, Charity, Ellie, Camellia, Rosie, Charlie, Never Look Back, Trust Me and Father Unknown, Hope, Gypsy, Stolen, Belle, The Promise and Forgive Me, most of which which are published by Penguin. She was born in Rochester, Kent, but has lived in Bristol for the last twenty-five years. She has three daughters and two grandchildren.

 

Author Photo © Charlotte Murphy


If you like Lesley Pearse you might also like to read books by Martina Cole, Kevin Lewis and Monica McInerney

Featured Books, with extracts, by Lesley Pearse


Survivor
Lesley Pearse
The third in the Belle series but you really do not need to have read the earlier two. This follows Mari from New Zealand to London on the brink of World War Two. She has loved before her journey, loves...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
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Reader Reviewed Forgive Me
Lesley Pearse
August 2013 Book of the Month. Another compelling, evocative and heartfelt story from Lesley Pearse, the No. 1 UK bestselling author of The Promise and Belle. On returning home from work...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2013
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Forgive Me
Lesley Pearse
February 2013 Book of the Month. Another compelling, evocative and heartfelt story from Lesley Pearse, the No. 1 UK bestselling author of The Promise and Belle. On returning home from work...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/02/2013
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The Promise
Lesley Pearse
Heartbreaking, enduring and masterfully told, The Promise will take you on a breathtaking journey into the battlefields of the First World War.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
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Belle
Lesley Pearse
Lesley Pearse, author of Number One bestseller Stolen, has done it again with Belle - a heroine for our times: a strong woman trying to be good in a world gone bad.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2011
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Reader Reviewed Stolen
Lesley Pearse
Lesley Pearse, author of the UK and international best-sellers A Lesser Evil and Remember Me, tells a powerful and moving story of identity and self- discovery in her thrilling number one best-seller Stolen. In addition to our...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/07/2010
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Gypsy
Lesley Pearse
Gypsy by Lesley Pearse – author of bestsellers Hope and Remember Me – is a historical novel of survival in a compelling nineteenth century setting.
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/05/2009
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Faith
Lesley Pearse
1995, Scotland. The prison of Cornton Vale. Laura Brannigan is in jail for murder. For two years she's been battling for justice - insisting that she didn't kill her best friend, Jackie. Yet with her spirits at their lowest ebb,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/01/2008
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A Lesser Evil
Lesley Pearse
London gangland terror of the 60s opens the eyes of a middle-class miss who learns some hard lessons. It’s slow to start but once Dan and Fifi get to Kennington the story really heats up and becomes utterly gripping.
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 19/01/2006
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Hope
Lesley Pearse
Hope by Lesley Pearse - author of bestsellers Gypsy and Remember Me - is a historical novel of past scandal and its consequences in a compelling nineteenth century setting. Her existence would be the ruin of her mother...Baby Hope, the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2007
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Secrets
Lesley Pearse
Set in the 1930s, the classic novel from bestselling author Lesley Pearse tells the story of one girl's struggle against cruelty and, her quest for love. Twelve-year-old Adele Talbot's unhappy mother Rose succumbs to madness after a family tragedy and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/01/2005
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Remember Me
Lesley Pearse
In 1786 a fisherman's daughter from Cornwall called Mary Broad was sentenced to be hung for theft. But her sentence was commuted, and she was transported to Australia, one of the first convicts to arrive there. How Mary escaped the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2004
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Till We Meet Again
Lesley Pearse
Susan Wright walked into a doctor's surgery and gunned down two members of staff in cold blood, then waited for the police to arrest her. Later that day a lawyer, Beth Powell, is assigned to defend her. Susan won't talk...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/03/2003
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Trust Me
Lesley Pearse
Two young sisters sent far, far from home ...When tragedy deprives little Dulcie Taylor and her sister May of their parents, they are sent first to an orphanage and then shipped off to begin a new life in Australia. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/03/2001
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Survivor
Lesley Pearse
Lesley Pearse, No.1 bestselling author of The Promise and Belle is back with Survivor, the story of Mariette, a born fighter. It is 1938 and Mariette Carrera is a defiant, strong-willed and selfish eighteen-year-old. And sooner or later, if she...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/02/2014
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