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

Written by:
Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by:
Jacqueline Winspear

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2020
10 hours 7 minutes
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 sixteen 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 memoir tackles such difficult, poignant, and fascinating family memories as 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 Romani Gypsies; and Jacqueline’s own childhood working 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.
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Pam B.

I love the hearing all of the history and family struggles interwoven into the authors life . She has a remarkable memory and shares many of her life experiences

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A heartwarming, unflinching memoir with family roots in WW I and WW II experiences, to Mid-late 20th century England and going through current decade California. The narrator is perfectly convincing as the person who lived through the written experiences and insights.

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Terri Z.

I really enjoyed the book and the narrator.

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Pam E.

Wonderful story. Took me back to my own childhood. Well narrated. Will look out for more of her stories.

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Kenneth D.

This was a different type of biography. It was more just stories or memories throughout her life and they were NOT chronological. It caused problems for me at first but I managed to catch on. I normally do not like books narrated by the author ( however; Jackie was wonderful as the narrator! Enjoyed the book very much!

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Terri Bocz

The narrator/writer has a beautiful voice and speaks with such natural expressiveness and cadence that it feels she's sharing stories with a small group of friends, instead of reading from the page. I look forward now to hearing more of her work in her Maisie Dobbs mystery series.

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