Jacqueline WinspearKathleen Waller
Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England and worked in academic publishing, higher education, and marketing communications in the UK. She emigrated to the United States in 1990 and embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer. Winspear articles have been published in numerous publications including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and her short stories have appeared in magazines internationally. Jacqueline’s grandfather was wounded at The Battle of the Somme in 1916, and it was as she understood the extent of his suffering that, even in childhood, Jacqueline became deeply interested in the “war to end all wars” and its aftereffects. As an adult her interest deepened to the extent that, though she 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. Jacqueline’s first novel, Maisie Dobbs, was a National Bestseller and received an array of accolades, including New York Times Notable Book 2003, a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Mystery 2003, and a BookSense Top Ten selection. Subsequent novels in the series have continued to win awards. Jacqueline has published 15 novels in the Maisie Dobbs series, many New York Times bestsellers, as well as four other National Bestselling novels.