Publication year: 2015
Media class: Paperback
Genre: World War, 1939-1945
Publisher: Black Swan, 2015
Resource type: Physical
Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2014
When Noel Bostock - aged ten, no family - is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge, a thirty-six year old drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it. The war's thrown up new opportunities for making money but what Vee needs (and what she's never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together they cook up an idea. Criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't actually safe at all.
A very enjoyable and easy read delving into a world of hand by mouth survival during the blitz. A of cast rogues with a couple of good eggs thrown in. Some characters are drawn with a light brush but the main protagonists are excellent creations, spiky and resilient if not always likeable.
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