This Time Next Year Well Be Laughing Audiobook, by Jacqueline Winspear Play Audiobook Sample

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing Audiobook

This Time Next Year Well Be Laughing Audiobook, by Jacqueline Winspear Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jacqueline Winspear Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781705005613

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Longest Chapter Length:

54:29 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

25 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

22:29 minutes

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Publisher Description

The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series offers a deeply personal memoir of 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 story tackles the difficult, poignant, and fascinating family accounts of 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 Romany Gypsies; and Winspear’s own childhood picking hops and fruit 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 chronicles 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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“Winspear makes listeners feel as if they are sitting across from her as she recounts her family’s struggles during the World Wars in England. Her voice is expressive, clear, and emotionally appropriate, keeping listeners completely engaged…An illuminating and entertaining listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “[An] engaging, amusing, and moving memoir of growing up in the post-World War II English countryside.”

    — Washington Post
  • “This childhood memoir, though frank in its details of postwar privation, is at heart a love story—her parents’ love for each other, and hers for them and the meaningful life they gave her.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “An engaging childhood memoir and a deeply affectionate tribute to the author’s parents.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • A November 2020 LibraryReads Pick
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Indie Next List Selection of the Month

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About Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of several New York Times bestsellers in her historical fiction series featuring Maisie Dobbs. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards. She was born and raised in the county of Kent in England. Her grandfather had been severely wounded and shell-shocked in World War I, and learning his story sparked her deep interest in the “war to end all wars” and its aftereffects, which would later form the background of her novels. She studied at the University of London’s Institute of Education and later worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the United Kingdom before emigrating to the United States.