"This consummately engaging, amusing story of daily life, secrets and personal subterfuge in 1944 London is a distinctly characterful joy."
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.