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Hearts And Minds

Orange Prize, 2010

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349115870

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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.

Reviews

A large kindness overarches the novel
Guardian
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
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
Acutely observed, purposeful, dynamic...Perfectly conjures the capital's beautiful, broken carousel
Times Literary Supplement
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
** '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
** 'Rich, Dickensian
SUNDAY TIMES Penny Perrick
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
Acutely observed, purposeful, dynamic...Perfectly conjures the capital's beautiful, broken carousel
Times Literary Supplement
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
Very special...ambitious, compelling and utterly gripping
Maggie O'Farrell
Very special...ambitious, compelling and utterly gripping
Maggie O'Farrell
A large kindness overarches the novel
Guardian
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
** '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
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
** '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
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