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  • Published: 28 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780552774789
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

Crooked Heart

‘My book of the year’ Jojo Moyes




From the bestselling author of Old Baggage, 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 winds up in St Albans with Vera Sedge - thiry-six, drowning in debts. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it.

The war's thrown up all manner of new opportunities but what Vee needs 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. 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 . . .

Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2015

  • Pub date: 28 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780552774789
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Lissa Evans

Lissa Evans has written books for both adults and children, including Their Finest Hour and a Half, longlisted for the Orange Prize, Small Change for Stuart, shortlisted for many awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Costa Book Awards and Crooked Heart, longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

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Praise for Crooked Heart

“Prepare to be charmed, amused and moved . . . A complete delight”

January Book Club Pick, Mail on Sunday

“Dazzling...a miniature masterpiece of serio-comic writing...A dark comedy, moving between drollery, pathos, farce and harrowing moments of tragic insight”

Guardian

“I loved this book - Lissa Evans is a wonderful writer; Vee and Noel are utter originals, and their journey made me laugh and cry”

JoJo Moyes

“Wonderfully vivid and eccentric...there's a good dash of sharp comedy to offset the heart-warming stuff”

Kate Saunders, The Times

“A fabulous novel about the relationship between ten-year-old Noel and his unscrupulous but endearing foster mother, Vee Sedge”

January Book Club Pick, Woman & Home

“Lissa Evans writes with tremendous wit as well as sensitivity, creating memorable characters with hearts of gold”

Daily Express

“Unmissable...Why is Lissa Evans not one of our best-known and best-loved authors?...The great joy of Lissa Evans’s writing lies in her spirited, quirky characters and, as befits a former producer of Father Ted and director of Have I Got News For You, a devilish wit”

Sunday Express

“At Christmas you need a book that's going to make you want to curl up in an armchair while it's raining outside and that book is Crooked Heart. It is funny and warm and so insightful and moving. An instant classic”

India Knight, Sainsburys Magazine

“Evans has a delightful tone, airy and bouncy, but with a perceptive irony and a spattering of caustic details. It recalls carefully constructed, deceptively light comic novels by the likes of Stella Gibbons and Nancy Mitford...And while the horror of war is tilted at, it's also often a source of laughter in the dark. It's a refreshingly crisp approach that allows moments of genuine pathos to be all the more resonant”

Holly Williams, Independent on Sunday

“A wonderfully Dickensian novel with satisfying plot twists that invoke the flavour (and scams) of wartime London . . . Evans has created a story both darkly funny and deeply touching, it’s a crooked journey straight to the heart”

Judith Newman, New York Times Book Review

“A gloriously atmospheric tale of life on the home front among spivs and charlatans”

Cathy Renzenbrink, Prima

“A joy from start to finish: briskly paced, taut and snappy with humor and, ultimately, sweet”

Katherine Powers, Minneapolis Herald Tribune

“Prepare to be charmed, amused and moved . . . A complete delight”

January Book Club Pick, Mail on Sunday

“Dazzling...a miniature masterpiece of serio-comic writing...A dark comedy, moving between drollery, pathos, farce and harrowing moments of tragic insight”

Guardian

“I loved this book - Lissa Evans is a wonderful writer; Vee and Noel are utter originals, and their journey made me laugh and cry”

JoJo Moyes

“Wonderfully vivid and eccentric...there's a good dash of sharp comedy to offset the heart-warming stuff”

Kate Saunders, The Times

“A fabulous novel about the relationship between ten-year-old Noel and his unscrupulous but endearing foster mother, Vee Sedge”

January Book Club Pick, Woman & Home

“Lissa Evans writes with tremendous wit as well as sensitivity, creating memorable characters with hearts of gold”

Daily Express

“Unmissable...Why is Lissa Evans not one of our best-known and best-loved authors?...The great joy of Lissa Evans’s writing lies in her spirited, quirky characters and, as befits a former producer of Father Ted and director of Have I Got News For You, a devilish wit”

Sunday Express

“At Christmas you need a book that's going to make you want to curl up in an armchair while it's raining outside and that book is Crooked Heart. It is funny and warm and so insightful and moving. An instant classic”

India Knight, Sainsburys Magazine

“Evans has a delightful tone, airy and bouncy, but with a perceptive irony and a spattering of caustic details. It recalls carefully constructed, deceptively light comic novels by the likes of Stella Gibbons and Nancy Mitford...And while the horror of war is tilted at, it's also often a source of laughter in the dark. It's a refreshingly crisp approach that allows moments of genuine pathos to be all the more resonant”

Holly Williams, Independent on Sunday

“A wonderfully Dickensian novel with satisfying plot twists that invoke the flavour (and scams) of wartime London . . . Evans has created a story both darkly funny and deeply touching, it’s a crooked journey straight to the heart”

Judith Newman, New York Times Book Review

“A gloriously atmospheric tale of life on the home front among spivs and charlatans”

Cathy Renzenbrink, Prima

“A joy from start to finish: briskly paced, taut and snappy with humor and, ultimately, sweet”

Katherine Powers, Minneapolis Herald Tribune

“The best novel I have read in the last five years... I couldn’t love it more”

India Knight

“Evans, who wrote the equally winning Their Finest Hour and a Half, also set during the war, is carving out a distinctive niche for herself… credible, touching, and funny.”

Nick Hornby

“As sparky and funny as Cold Comfort Farm and as charming and touching as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, but then every now and again comes the vertiginous feeling of peering into something unutterably, dangerously sad. Everybody, and I mean everybody, is getting this for Christmas.”

Louisa Young

“Quite wonderful - beautifully written, so authentic too, and evocative of the wartime spirit, moving, funny - just perfect. I don’t usually like novels about the war - the true stories are so good - but this one - and Evelyn Waugh - are way up in a class of their own - superb”

Juliet Gardiner


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