About the Author
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Achieveing higher education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business, Jacqueline embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer.
Jacqueline’s grandfather was severely wounded and shell-shocked at The Battle of the Somme in 1916, and as she came to understand his suffering that, Jacqueline became deeply interested in the “war to end all wars” and its aftereffects. Although Jacqueline did not set out to write a “war” novel, it came as no surprise that this part of history formed the backdrop of Maisie Dobbs and other books in the series. The unique and engaging character of Maisie Dobbs is very much a woman of her generation. She has come of age at a time when women took on the toil of men and claimed independence that was difficult to relinquish. It was a time when many women remained unmarried, simply because a generation of men had gone to war and not come home.
Maisie Dobbs won the prestigious Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Macavity Award for Best First Novel; and the Alex Award. Jacqueline’s subsequent novels have all been BookSense picks and have received award nominations, with the Agatha Award for Best Novel going to Birds of a Feather and the inaugural Sue Feder/Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery awarded to Pardonable Lies.