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The House Across the Street - Lesley Pearse

The House Across the Street

Paperback Published: 28th August 2018
ISBN: 9780718189259
Number Of Pages: 352

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Twenty-three-year-old Katy Speed has always been fascinated by the house across the street . . .

The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, and other times the women come with children.

Hilda, Katy's mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders where these mysterious visitors have come from, and what they want. Does Gloria have sinister reasons for secretly bringing strangers into the heart of the community?

Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained strangers must be responsible, until her father is arrested and charged with murder.

Surely the police have arrested the wrong person?

Is the rest of the street safe?

Can Katy find the truth before it's too late?

The House Across the Street is a compelling, page-turning insight into the secrets of domestic life in a suburban avenue in 1960, from one of the world's favourite storytellers.

* * * * * * Fab New 5 Star Fiction, Heat *
A gripping novel . . . will have you up all night guessing what happens next * My Weekly *
A gripping new novel' * Yours *
Fab in Fiction feature * Woman's Way *
Pearse has written another pacy novel, steeped in 1960s authenticity and driven by lovable - and love to hate - characters. But at the heart of the book lies a powerful message which stays with you long after you've finished reading * S magazine *
Lesley Pearse brilliantly captures the era . . . Emotional and moving, The House Across The Street is storytelling at its best, filled with characters you will care passionately about -- Anne Cater * Daily Express *
Lesley Pearse is on top form with her latest novel The House Across The Street * Choice *
A deeply evocative read * Woman Magazine *
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 *
Glorious, heartwarming * Woman & Home *
Evocative, compelling, told from the heart * Sunday Express *
Deservedly one of the world's favourite story tellers . . . You simply have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. * MyWeekly *
Gripping. * Hello *
Evocative, multi-faceted and sometimes disturbing, a story that grips from first page to last. * Lancashire Post *

ISBN: 9780718189259
ISBN-10: 0718189256
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 28th August 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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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