Crooked Heart

  • by Lissa Evans
  • Narrated by Jo Unwin
  • 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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….


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-12-2014
  • Publisher: Lamplight Audio