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Publisher's Summary

When Noel Bostock - aged 10, no family - is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge. The war's thrown up new opportunities for making money, but on her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together they cook up an idea and Vee starts to make a profit. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war, and some of them are dangerous….

©2014 Lissa Evans (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The best novel I have read in the last five years… I couldn’t love it more." (India Knight)
"Quirky, clever and incredibly funny... Lissa Evans is the Tom Sharpe for a new generation." (Lisa Jewell)

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  • bookylady
  • 15-06-2015

A Rattling Good Yarn

If you could sum up Crooked Heart in three words, what would they be?

Witty, heart-warming, entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crooked Heart?

The 'advice' letters that the elderly Mrs.Sedge sends to Winston Churchill are priceless; comic genius.

What does Jo Unwin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jo Unwin uses a wonderful range of voices to bring the characters to life. Each character has an individual voice full of character and nuance. They make the story come alive and it feels very 'visual' in some ways. I could see it all going on in m head. It was rather like listening to a radio play at times.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

She had a crooked heart but a heart of gold.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best comic novels I have ever come acoss. It will remain in my mind for a long time to come. I kept finding reasons to keep on listening and was sorry when it came to an end. I shall be reading/listening to more of Lissa Evans' work soon.

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  • CLAIR
  • 07-01-2017

underwhelmed

had high hopes for this. let down a little by the story and the characters

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  • THERESE
  • 27-03-2016

Unexpected Pleasure

I don't quite know what I expected of this experience, as I tend to listen to crime, thrillers etc., but I found this tale engaging and heartwarming, laced with a hint of danger. It also made me think hard about crimes which are legally wrong, but, as the author suggests, morally right.
Set in the relative innocence of WW2 St. Albans and London, this story was very appealing and well narrated.

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  • Rab
  • 16-05-2018

A great story.

This is an unusual story, beautifully written. The characters are well drawn and believable and I didn’t want to part company with them. The narrator gives the text the performance it deserves; she is excellent.

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  • Nike
  • 02-05-2018

Memory

A lot of memories evoked in my subconscious for these war years surrounded by debris of the blitz. Very well told and written Thanks

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  • Mrs K Atfield
  • 26-01-2016

fantastic

What made the experience of listening to Crooked Heart the most enjoyable?

very original,from the first page to last, not a single word out of place.can not recommend it enough

Who was your favorite character and why?

Noel

Have you listened to any of Jo Unwin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but will watch out for her .

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Loved all the moments

Any additional comments?

LISTEN TO IT! you will not be disappointed.