After a distinguished publishing career spanning more than sixty years, Valerie Mendes steps aside from her own fiction to offer us a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the professional, pioneering and private strands of her life.
In Finding My Voice we learn about the major events that shaped her work, the people who encouraged her to write, and those who are closest to her heart.
Honest, witty, revealing and brave, this collection of memories celebrates a unique and fascinating life.
“I found my mother’s Memoir very touching.”
Sir Sam Mendes CBE, Theatre and Film Director
“Finding My Voice is superb. I found it gripping. It’s beautifully and very sharply written and observed, and I admired your dedication and determination both as a writer and a person, and your individuality. The view of publishing you give, particularly the freelance life, is excellent. My, what a career! I was sorry to finish it. It’s a lovely book.”
Jeremy Robson, Poet and Publisher
“Found Your Voice! You have been by my bedside these last few days! You’ve had a fascinating life, and I enjoyed the read.”
John Owen Smith, Historian and Publisher
“To say amazing is to be facile … The prose is brilliant, the life story gripping … I write to a friend from yesterday with joy, for the life you have lived and shared so magnificently.”
Ainsley Henriques CD, Honorary Consul of Israel in Jamaica; former Chairman of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust