Crooked Heart (Hardback)
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Crooked Heart (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 06/11/2014
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This book is longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2015. When Noel Bostock - aged ten, no family - is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge - thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it. Noel's mourning his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette. Brought up to share her disdain for authority and eclectic approach to education, he has little in common with other children and even less with Vee, who hurtles impulsively from one self-made crisis to the next. The war's thrown up new opportunities for making money but what Vee needs (and what she's never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together they cook up an idea. Criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't actually safe at all...

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780385614337
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 419 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 28 mm

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Harriet Hughes at Lancaster

“A Story That Just Sweeps You Away”

I loved everything about 'Crooked Heart' by Lissa Evans. Tremendous characters, convincing depiction of life in England during the Second World War and a narrative that just bowls you along and sweeps you... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
7th January 2016
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“Crooked Heart is a joy to read”

There are lots of recently published books that are set during World War II, it would be easy to say that the subject has been done to death, and then, just when you don't expect it, you come across a story like... More

Hardback edition
2nd April 2015
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“An unexpected delight”

I must admit, I picked this up one lunchtime out of curiosity and was instantly entranced by it. Although set in wartime, it is not sentimental or nostalgic but very, very witty, down to earth, funny and clever.
The... More

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