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Dead To Me - Lesley Pearse

Paperback Published: 15th May 2017
ISBN: 9781405921046
Number Of Pages: 512

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Two very different women, one unlikely friendship. In the chaos of war-torn Britain, can any relationship survive?

Dead to Me is a story about loyalty, love and the strength of friendship in the face of adversity, from international number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse.

Spring 1935. Two girls meet by chance on Hampstead Heath. To an outsider, they could not appear more different. Verity is well-mannered and smartly dressed, living with her parents in a beautiful house close to the heath. Ruby is dishevelled and grubby, used to a life of squalor where she is forced to steal to survive. Yet there's an instant affinity between them, and when their fortunes are shockingly reversed, it is the strength of their friendship that keeps them resilient to the challenges and hardships they face.

As Britain prepares for war, Ruby finds herself in Devon with the world at her feet and enjoying her first taste of romance. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, Verity is forced to leave behind everything she has ever known and a shadow from the past threatens her chances of a new beginning. But through it all, the girls are always there for each other. Until the day Verity does the one thing that will break Ruby's heart.

In a country torn apart by fighting, will Verity and Ruby survive long enough to find a way back to each other? Or do some betrayals go with you to the grave . . .?

Industry Reviews

**'Yet another great Lesley Pearse novel' Woman Magazine**

**'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best**


Two very different women, one unlikely friendship. In the chaos of war-torn Britain, can any relationship survive?

Dead to Me is a story about loyalty, love and the strength of friendship in the face of adversity, from international number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse.

* from the publisher's description *
This is Lesley Pearse at her very best - a heartwarming, epic story of female friendship, courage and triumph over adversity * Alex Brown, bestselling author of The Great Village Show *
Another superb tale with realistic and likeable characters that will please Lesley Pearse's legions of fans - and get her some new ones. * Sun *

Dead to Me is Lesley at her best. Gritty. Emotional. Gripping. Warm hearted. This is is a story that will
resonate with many readers. It's life faced head-on. A brilliant read.

* Devon Life *
Praise for Lesley Pearse * - *
Heart-warming and evocative, a real delight to read * Sun *
A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers * Daily Mail on Without a Trace *
Glorious, heartwarming * Woman & Home *
Evocative, compelling, told from the heart * Sunday Express *
Utterly riveting, brilliant * Closer *
Full of love, passion and heartbreak * Best *
This gripping tale of war and friendship is perfect for a long day of beach reading. * Marie Claire *

ISBN: 9781405921046
ISBN-10: 1405921048
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 15th May 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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Lesley Pearse

About the Author


Lesley Pearse is one of the UK's best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 2 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 stepmother, 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 extraordinary childhood and in all her books, Lesley has skilfully married the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling.

Lesley's desperate need for love and affection as a young girl was almost certainly the reason she kept making bad choices in men in her youth. A party girl during the swinging sixties, Lesley did it all - from nanny to bunny girl to designing clothes. She lived in damp bedsits while burning the candle at both ends as a 'Dolly Bird' with twelve-inch mini skirts. She married her first husband - fleetingly - at twenty and met her second, John Pritchard, a trumpet player in a rock band soon after. Her debut novel 'Georgia' was inspired by her life with John, the London clubs, crooked managers and the many musicians she met during that time including David Bowie and Steve Marriott of The Small Faces. Lesley's first child, Lucy, was born during this time but with John's erratic lifestyle and a small child in the house the marriage was doomed to failure and they parted when Lucy was four.

It was a real turning point in Lesley's life - she was young and alone with a small child - but, in another twist of fate, Lesley met her third husband, Nigel, while on her way to Bristol for an interview. They married a few years later and had two more daughters, Sammy and Jo. The following years were the happiest of her life - she ran a playgroup, started writing short stories and then opened a card and gift ship in Bristol's Clifton area. Writing by night, running the shop by day, and fitting in all the other household chores along with the needs of her husband and children for seven years was tough.

'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 fight for success has come security. She now owns a cottage in a pretty village between Bristol and Bath which she is renovating, and a creek side retreat in Cornwall. Her three daughters, grandson, friends, dogs and gardening have brought her great happiness. She is also president of the Bath and West Wiltshire branch of the N.S.P.C.C. - the charity closest to her heart.

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