Hearts And Minds

Hearts And Minds : 'Ambitious, compelling and utterly gripping' Maggie O'Farrell

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'A novel written with passion and moral outrage' Sunday Times

'Sympathetic, thought-provoking and often deeply moving' Daily Telegraph

'You can't put this down' Independent

Rich or poor, five people, seemingly very different, find their lives in the capital connected in undreamed-of ways.

Job, the illegal mini-cab driver whose wife in Zimbabwe no longer answers his letters; Ian, the idealistic supply teacher in exile from South Africa; Katie from New York, jilted and miserable as a dogsbody at a political magazine, and fifteen-year-old Anna, trafficked into sexual slavery. Polly Noble, an overworked human rights lawyer, knows better than most how easy it is to fall through the cracks into the abyss. Yet when her au pair, Iryna, disappears, Polly's own needs and beliefs drag her family into a world of danger, deceit and terror.

Riveting, humane, engaging, Hearts and Minds is a novel that is both entertaining and prepared to ask the most serious questions about the way we live.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 292g
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 0
  • 9780349115870
  • 59,611

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'This is a novel written with passion and moral outrage. It is a vivid portrait of a city that is at once familiar and disconcertingly strange THE TIMES Joan Smith
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A novel written with passion and moral outrage. It is a vivid portrait of a city that is at once familiar and disconcertingly strange * The Times * Skilfully mixes skilled reportage (once a journalist, always a journalist) with a filmic sensibility...You can't put this novel down, even if babies are yelling and the pots are boiling over * Independent * Craig's excellence lies in her ability to underpin everything with hope and the promise of redemption...She has written a sympathetic, thought-provoking and often deeply moving account of the strange, shifting beast that is our capital * Telegraph * She is a humane writer as well a waspish one and it is the plight of London's migrant workers and sink-school pupils with which she is primarily concerned here, and her passion and care are affecting * Observer * Acutely observed, purposeful, dynamic...Perfectly conjures the capital's beautiful, broken carousel * Times Literary Supplement * A large kindness overarches the novel * Guardian * Very special...ambitious, compelling and utterly gripping * Maggie O'Farrell * ** 'This is a novel written with passion and moral outrage. It is a vivid portrait of a city that is at once familiar and disconcertingly strange * THE TIMES Joan Smith * ** 'Rich, Dickensian * SUNDAY TIMES Penny Perrick * ** 'She is a humane writer as well a waspish one and it is the plight of London's migrant workers and sink-school pupils with which she is primarily concerned here, and her passion and care are affecting * OBSERVER Lisa O'Kelly * ** 'There is much in HEARTS AND MINDS to praise . . . The book displays the author's relentless compassion. A large kindness overarches the novel * GUARDIAN Stevie Davies *
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About Amanda Craig

Amanda Craig is a British novelist, short-story writer and critic. Born in South Africa in 1959, she grew up in Italy, where her parents worked for the UN, and was educated at Bedales School and Clare College Cambridge.

After a brief time in advertising and PR, she became a journalist for newspapers such as the Sunday Times, Observer, Daily Telegraph and Independent, winning both the Young Journalist of the Year and the Catherine Pakenham Award. She was the children's critic for the Independent on Sunday and The Times. She still reviews children's books for the New Statesman, and literary fiction for the Observer, but is mostly a full-time novelist. Her novel Hearts and Minds was longlisted for the Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction, and The Lie of the Land was chosen as a book of the year by the Guardian, Observer, Telegraph, New Statesman, Evening Standard, Sunday Times and Irish Times. Her latest novel, The Golden Rule was longlisted for the Women's Prize 2021.
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1,001 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 30% (299)
4 41% (415)
3 22% (217)
2 6% (56)
1 1% (14)

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This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. There are very confronting issues based on immigration, white slave trade/prostitution, racism and tolerance. As much as it is based on London it could easily describe what is happening in any large city in the world taking in large numbers of refugees/asylum seekers. The characters are so well portrayed and believable it is actually quite disturbing. I could not put the book down once I had started, it has made me appreciate how much I take for granted and wonder how I could do more to assist people who have been displaced through no fault of their own.show more
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