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Five books that inspired Lesley Pearse

We all have certain books that are special to us, that we’d never give away and often don’t even want to lend out. These are the five books that I’ve drawn inspiration from over the years

The Prophet

Kahil Gibran

This is a truly inspirational book written back in the 30’s, on how to live your life.  Gibran often reduces me to tears with his moving, simple, yet eloquent words.  I read the passage on Marriage at my daughter’s recent wedding, and wished I could have written something so perfect for her. I often give this book as a present, as it is something to dip into when life is a bit crazy and you need a compass to find yourself.  

 


The Thornbirds

Colleen McCullock

This is the book that really gave me the will and hunger to write. I was reading it one night 36 years ago, while feeding my baby. All at once I looked up and saw it was morning. I’d been so gripped by the powerful story that I hadn’t noticed that the baby was asleep, that the chair was uncomfortable, or that it was now morning! As I put the baby back in her cot I vowed to myself that I’d write a book equally unputdownable. I never strayed from that resolve, even now I ask myself of the latest book, ‘Would I stay up to read it?’

 

The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood

Rebecca West

I almost didn’t read this because of the cringe worthy title, but I’m very glad I did. It is a story about enduring friendships and how grievances daughters can have about their mothers need to be aired and overcome. It made me realise that I’d been carrying issues about my difficult childhood and step mother around with me. Once I started to look at things which I’d felt until then were neglect and sometimes cruelty, I saw they were in fact character building, giving me far more strength and independence than my friends with loving, sweet natured parents had.

 

Sun Signs

Linda Goodman

An astrology book might seem an odd choice as an inspirational book, but I have always been interested in Astrology and this book is so well written, to the point, and often spookily accurate that I defy anyone not to enjoy browsing through it.  But it has been inspirational to me, as talking with people about their birth sign can often become a form of therapy. As you go into detail about characteristics of each sign, some people tend to open up and tell you things about themselves. It’s often been said of me that I delve into people’s heads, and I won’t apologise for it. I’m a Pisces, very nosy and I can’t help it. 

 

Rupert Bear

Yes our little white bear with the red jumper, checked trousers and scarf might not seem inspirational but I was very late in reading. As I understand it now, it was due to mild Dyslexia. Anyway, I was in hospital having my tonsils out and I was given a Rupert Annual. I could just about manage to read the rhyming couplets beneath the pictures, but they didn’t make a lot of sense. A nurse read me a bit of the big paragraph at the bottom of the page, and suddenly I was desperate to read it all. Slowly I managed to decipher it, and soon I was reading everything in sight. So when I think I can’t do something now, I think of Rupert and usually I manage to crack it. 

More about the author

Dead to Me

Lesley Pearse

**'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.

Spring 1935.
On London's Hampstead Heath two girls meet by chance: well-mannered and smartly dressed Verity and dishevelled and grubby Ruby. Yet the mismatched pair form an instant friendship strong enough to survive their parent's disapproval.

When war engulfs the country - sending Ruby to Devon while Verity struggles to find a new beginning under a shadow from her past - the girls are convinced they will always be there for each other.

Until the day one breaks the other's heart . . .

Can Verity and Ruby find a way back to each other before it's too late?


Praise for Lesley Pearse

'Epic romantic drama set in post-war London' Heat Magazine

'A heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read' Sun

'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail

'Must have' Sunday Express

'Evocative, compelling, told from the heart' Sunday Express

'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer

'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home

'This gripping tale of war and friendship is perfect for a long day of beach reading.' Marie Claire

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