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Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear
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Jacqueline Winspear is the New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs novels. The first in the series, Maisie Dobbs, won the prestigious Agatha Award for Best First novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, and the Alex Award. She won an Agatha for Best Novel for Birds of a Feather and a Sue Feder/Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery for Pardonable Lies. Winspear 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. Winspear studied at the University of London's Institute of Education, then worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK. She immigrated to the United States in 1990 and embarked on her life-long dream to be a writer. In addition to her novels, Winspear has written articles for women’s magazines and journals on international education, and she has recorded her essays for public radio. She divides her time between Ojai and the San Francisco Bay Area and is a regular visitor to the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Jacqueline Winspear's historical mystery novel Among the Mad. In this thrilling novel by the New York Times bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge, sleuth Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale. It's Christmas Eve 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certa

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    Where are you from?
    I was born and raised in the county of Kent, in England.
    Who are your favorite writers?
    Too many to mention, but here's a few, and in no particular order: Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Arnold Bennett, George Orwell, Susan Howatch, Susan Isaacs, Angela Carter, PD James ... and many more.
    What are your hobbies and outside interests?
    I have two horses and train in the equestrian sport of dressage almost every day. I love to hike, to go out on my mountain bike, I enjoy movies and the theater - and of course, I'm a bookaholic.
    What is your favorite quote?
    It's more than a quote: I love the Desiderata by Max Ehrman. Words to live by:
    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
    Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
    Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
    What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
    Q: When's your next book coming out?
    A: I'm writing as fast as I can.
    What inspired you to write your first book?
    The story and characters that came into my head as I was daydreaming while stuck in traffic.
    Where do you write?
    Wherever I am. If I am at home, then I write in my office at home,; if I am in an hotel, then I write in my room.

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    Among the Mad
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    Among the Mad

    Maisie Dobbs Novels

    Jacqueline Winspear
    Picador
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    In the thrilling new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge, Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale

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    An Incomplete Revenge
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    Maisie Dobbs Novels

    Jacqueline Winspear
    Picador
    Picador

    In her fifth outing, Maisie Dobbs, the extraordinary Psychologist and Investigator, delves into a strange series of crimes in a small rural community

    With the country in the grip of...

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    Messenger of Truth
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    Messenger of Truth

    Maisie Dobbs Novels

    Jacqueline Winspear
    Picador
    Picador

    Maisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious death of a controversial artist—and World War I veteran—in the fourth entry in the bestselling series

    London, 1931. The night before an...

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    Pardonable Lies
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    Pardonable Lies

    Maisie Dobbs Novels

    Jacqueline Winspear
    Picador
    Picador

    In the third novel of this bestselling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's...

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