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.
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...
|Publication date:||27th August 2020|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
This warm-hearted novel is a delightful celebration of love, loyalty and the quiet heroism of ordinary people in extraordinary times. - Daily Mail
This book is complete heaven, read solo or with its predecessors. Lissa Evans writes characters that are so vividly alive that they feel like old friends. A gorgeous, word-perfect, deeply pleasurable novel to lose yourself in. - India Knight
At once funny and moving: the brisk kindness of the wardens will bring a lump to your throat. I could not have loved it more. - Susie Steiner
V for Victory is an absolute balm for the soul, its characters felt so real...and Evans' writing is effortless - Red Magazine (Best Books of the Month)
What keeps you reading is what made Evans a successful scriptwriter...her remarkably vivid recreation of British life during the war, and her characters. - Spectator
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.More About Lissa Evans