When Jacqueline Winspear introduced us to Maisie Dobbs, she immediately established herself as an author who bears watching. She won several prestigious literary awards for that first novel (its title was the name of her heroine) and has now written five sequels, each of them adding to her reputation and depicting the graceful maturing of Dobbs.
Winspear has moved from England to California, but Dobbs remains in London where she has risen from an exceptionally ambitious and insightful member of Britain's servant class to prominence as a "psychological investigator" with close ties to Scotland Yard. She's very much a product of World War I, but - unlike the victims of what was then called "shell shock" - she has moved on, although the lessons she learned as a wartime nurse serve her well.
Causes Jacqueline Winspear Supports
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