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Crooked heart / Lissa Evans.

By: Evans, Lissa [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Doubleday, 2014Description: 282 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780385614337.Subject(s): Foster parents -- England -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- London -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians -- Great Britain -- Fiction | London (England) -- History -- 1800-1950 -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.DDC classification: 823.92
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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 laden with debts and dependents. She's always desperate for money, and the war has thrown up new opportunities for getting it, but what she needs (and what she's always lacked) is a cool head and the ability to make careful plans. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together, as fake Widow and Orphan, they shake a charity tin from door to door, criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London. Vee starts to make a profit and Noel gradually 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. And although Noel's been moved to safety, he isn't actually safe at all.
Summary: 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 laden with debts and dependents. Noel is grieving for his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette who brought him up to share her disdain for authority and her rich and eclectic approach to education. He has little in common with other children of his age; he has nothing at all in common with Vee, who rattles from one self-made crisis to the next, impulsive and rash. She's always desperate for money, and the war has thrown up new opportunities for getting it, but what she needs (and what she's always lacked) is a cool head and the ability to make careful plans. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together, as fake Widow and Orphan, they shake a charity tin from door to door, criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London. Vee starts to make a profit and Noel gradually 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. And although Noel's been moved to safety, he isn't actually safe at all.
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Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, 2015

When Noel Bostock âe" 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, sheâe(tm)s unscrupulous about how she gets it.

Noelâe(tm)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 warâe(tm)s thrown up new opportunities for making money but what Vee needs (and what sheâe(tm)s never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan.

On her own, sheâe(tm)s a disaster. With Noel, sheâe(tm)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 isnâe(tm)t actually safe at allâe¦

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 laden with debts and dependents. She's always desperate for money, and the war has thrown up new opportunities for getting it, but what she needs (and what she's always lacked) is a cool head and the ability to make careful plans. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together, as fake Widow and Orphan, they shake a charity tin from door to door, criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London. Vee starts to make a profit and Noel gradually 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. And although Noel's been moved to safety, he isn't actually safe at all.

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 laden with debts and dependents. Noel is grieving for his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette who brought him up to share her disdain for authority and her rich and eclectic approach to education. He has little in common with other children of his age; he has nothing at all in common with Vee, who rattles from one self-made crisis to the next, impulsive and rash. She's always desperate for money, and the war has thrown up new opportunities for getting it, but what she needs (and what she's always lacked) is a cool head and the ability to make careful plans. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together, as fake Widow and Orphan, they shake a charity tin from door to door, criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London. Vee starts to make a profit and Noel gradually 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. And although Noel's been moved to safety, he isn't actually safe at all.

Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 - Longlist (Formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction)

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