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….
"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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A Rattling Good Yarn
Witty, heart-warming, entertaining.
The 'advice' letters that the elderly Mrs.Sedge sends to Winston Churchill are priceless; comic genius.
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.
She had a crooked heart but a heart of gold.
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.