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.
It's late 1944. Hitler's rockets are slamming down on London with vicious regularity and it's the coldest winter in living memory. Allied victory is on its way, but it's bloody well dragging its feet. In a large house next to Hampstead Heath, Vee Sedge is just about scraping by, with a herd of lodgers to feed, and her young charge Noel ( almost fifteen ) to clothe and educate. When she witnesses a road accident and finds herself in court, the repercussions are both unexpectedly marvellous and potentially disastrous - disastrous because Vee is not actually the person she's pretending to be, and neither is Noel. The end of the war won't just mean peace, but discovery...
In a small advertising agency in Soho, Catrin Cole writes snappy lines for Vida Elastic and So-Bee-Fee gravy browning. But the nation is in peril, all skills are transferable and there's a place in the war effort for those who have a knack with words. Catrin is conscripted into the world of propaganda films.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. This is a completely charming and very different slice of World War Two fiction. ‘Crooked Heart’ explores the relationship of Vera, and ten year old Noel, who has been evacuated from London. The prologue sets the story beautifully, releasing snippets of information yet encouraging you to feel, to appreciate the heart and soul of Noel. Lissa Evans balances a gentle charm with barbed spikes of wit and reality. Noel and Vera are amazingly resourceful (that’s the polite way of describing it), yet wonderfully odd, and I couldn't help falling in thoughtful love with them. The other characters are as vibrant and fully formed, even those with walk on parts light up the pages. After initially skulking in the distance, World War Two hammers into their lives, thoroughly testing Noel and Vera’s mettle. With fizzes of quirky wry humour holding hands with contemplative emotions, ‘Crooked Heart’ has craftily slipped into my heart, and I declare it a gorgeous warm hug of a read. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.
The making of a propaganda film in the 40s – the script ideas, the untrained people involved, the petty jealousies, the atmosphere of ‘making do’ in wartime and the utter chaos shine through in this warm, comic novel of a by-gone age. It’s a delight. Comparison: Kate Atkinson (Behind the Scenes at the Museum), Kate Long (The Bad Mother’s Handbook), David Nobbs.
'Evans is very funny . . . the Tom Sharpe for the next generation' Sunday ExpressSome are born odd, some achieve oddness and some are just in the wrong place at the wrong time Netta Lee had always felt like the odd one out growing up. But when, as an adult, she returns to the Midlands to help her family move house, it becomes apparent that perhaps she isn t the unusual one after all. A brother with a penchant for rubbish collection, a mother who seems to think she s running the Bolshoi Ballet rather than the local junior dance school and a hoard of questionably competent friends challenge Netta s ordered world. Perhaps the life and the people she tried so hard to leave behind are not as distant as she thought.
You're called Fidge and you're nearly eleven. You've been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham. You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues. You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation - the whole, entire thing - is your fault. Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again. And it's funny. It's seriously funny.
What an elegantly written delight Lissa Evans’ V for Victory is - it’s packed with page-turning intrigue, and perfectly described particulars that evoke both the era (1944 Britain), and the nuances and quirks of a dazzling cast of characters with equal engaging aplomb. It’s London, 1944, and while Hitler’s bombs teem down on the capital, Vee and the teenage boy in her charge are getting on with things as best they can - she through taking in lodgers to get by in her Hampstead Heath home, and he, Noel, through indulging his unquenchable thirst for knowledge and intellectual stimulation. Then, after witnessing a car accident and being summoned to court, Vee becomes paranoid that her secret (shared only with Noel) will be discovered. Tension mounts as the war rumbles on, and new and old faces come into Vee and Noel’s lives. Evoking day-to-day details with fine strokes as it dapples its canvas with brilliant broad-brush observations of humanity, this is a richly satisfying story, with characters I felt I’d come to know inside out.
Magic, mystery and a very dangerous quest... Stuart Horten (aged ten, but looks younger) is now the owner of a Magician's Workshop - a treasure trove of illusions and the gateway to seven magical adventures. Except that without his great-uncle's last will and testament, Stuart can't actually prove the workshop is his. Can he solve the puzzles and find the will before it's too late? Or will the looming danger and increasing risks ruin his friendships for good?
Stuart Horten, ten years old and small for his age, is about to have the strangest ADVENTURE of his life. After moving to the boring town of Beeton, he finds himself swept up in an INCREDIBLE QUEST to find his great-uncle's lost legacy: a magician's workshop stuffed with trickery and MAGIC. There are clues to follow, unbearable neighbours to avoid and PUZZLES to solve, but what starts as FUN ends up as DANGER, and Stuart begins to realise that he can't finish the task on his own...
As featured on BBC Radio 4 Good Reads 'A timely, bittersweet comic novel' Guardian ____________________ What do you do next, after you've changed the world? It is 1928. Matilda Simpkin, rooting through a cupboard, comes across a small wooden club - an old possession of hers, unseen for more than a decade. Mattie is a woman with a thrilling past and a chafingly uneventful present. During the Women's Suffrage Campaign she was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill, and nothing - nothing - since then has had the same depth, the same excitement. Now in middle age, she is still looking for a fresh mould into which to pour her energies. Giving the wooden club a thoughtful twirl, she is struck by an idea - but what starts as a brilliantly idealistic plan is derailed by a connection with Mattie's militant past, one which begins to threaten every principle that she stands for. Old Baggage is a funny and bittersweet portrait of a woman who has never, never given up the fight. ____________________ 'Essential . . . Evans is a brilliant storyteller' Stylist
'Bloody funny, bloody moving - bloody buy it!' Meera SyalSome people live life in the fast lane. Others have stalled and are waiting for assistance on the side of the road, sustained only by the piece of chewing gum they ve just found in the glove compartment.Spencer s ex-lover has died, leaving him a lizard and a list of things to do before the end of the year.Spencer s friend Fran shares a house and a mortgage with her brother and his girlfriend, a woman with delicate wrists and a bloated cat.Fran s neighbour Iris is slave to the three men in her life: an aging father who likes the phone and two teenage sons who cannot fathom the washing machine.Maybe it s not about living life in the fast lane. It s about learning to live at all. Spencer s List is a wonderfully funny tale of life lived on the edge of reason, of failure and of (just possibly) a brighter future.
Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2017, Costa Children's Book Award Wed Wabbit is a tour de force! Lissa Evans’s hilarious, madcap adventure is both effervescent and tautly plotted making it impossible to put down. When Fidge furiously kicks her little sister’s beloved soft toy, the Wed Wabbit, into the road she unleashes an imaginary caper that sends her and her spoilt cousin Graham into the world of the ridiculous Wimbley Woos, blobby characters of different colours who only speak in rhyming couplets. But are they so ridiculous? By the end of their adventure, and with the help of the wonderful cast of ludicrous characters including a plastic carrot, both Fidge and Graham have been changed. Lissa Evans’s comic timing and her control of her richly imagined world is perfect. ~ Julia Eccleshare The Costa Judges say: ‘A deeply original riot of a novel that will delight children and adults alike, and keep you laughing all the way through.’ David Fickling says “Wed Wabbit is wildly inventive, dazzlingly funny and sometimes scary; it's a tautly plotted adventure that packs a surprising emotional punch. It has the makings of a classic and will be loved by readers of all ages for many years to come".
"e;MISS VEE ist mein Lieblingsbuch des Jahres! Vee und Noel sind echte Originale, und ihre gemeinsame Reise brachte mich zum Lachen und zum Weinen."e; Jojo MoyesNichts im Leben von Vera Sedge verluft nach Plan. Die 36-Jhrige schlittert kopflos von einer hausgemachten Krise in die nchste. Vee ist notorisch pleite, und es ist ihr inzwischen egal, wenn sie auch mal krumme Wege geht. Dann stolpert der zehnjhrige Noel in ihr Leben. Er ist mit der Kinderlandverschickung ins kleine St. Albans gekommen. Er ist hochbegabt, altklug und ganz anders als alle Menschen, die Vee bisher kennengelernt hat. Noels khler Kopf und sein groes Herz bringen sie auf eine Idee und beiden einen unverhofften Geldsegen. Auf sich allein gestellt, ist Vee eine Katastrophe. Zusammen mit Noel ist sie ein geniales Team. Ihre Freundschaft wird auf die Probe gestellt, als Noel in London von einem Fliegeralarm berrascht wird. Vee macht sich auf, ihn zu suchen. Mit khlem Kopf, groem Herz und einer guten Idee schlagen sie sich durch die schwierigen Zeiten. "e;Menschlich, zrtlich, lustig, trstlich und sehr berhrend. Ich habe das Buch verschlungen."e; Marian Keyes"e;Die angenehm unkonventionelle Vee ist eine Heldin, die man ins Herz schlieen muss. Und der Roman ist bei allem Anspruch unglaublich charmant."e; The Sunday Mirror"e;Ein witziger Roman, aber erheblich tiefgrndiger als ein solches Etikett vermuten lsst. Groartig!"e; The Times"e;Lissa Evans hat sich ihren ganz eigenen Platz in der Literatur erobert."e; Nick Hornby
Du hast meine Werkstatt gefunden, aber willst du sie auch behalten? Wenn du wirklich der Besitzer dieser Illusionen werden willst, dann benutze den Stern, um die Buchstaben zu finden. Stuart Horten hat die Zauber-Werkstatt seines Groonkels entdeckt, doch nun muss er das verschollene Testament des Magiers finden. Eine rtselhafte und abenteuerliche Suche beginnt!In Stuart Horten. Sieben Rtsel und ein magischer Stern erzhlt Lissa Evans das Abenteuer von Stuart Horten weiter. Im ersten Band Acht Mnzen und eine magische Werkstatt hat Stuart die geheime Werkstatt gesucht und gefunden, nun katapultieren ihn die Bhnen-Apparate des Groonkels in fremde, fantastische Welten. Dort muss er magische Aufgaben lsen, um Kennys Testament zu finden.