- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Abacus (4 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349115877
- ISBN-13: 978-0349115870
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hearts And Minds Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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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)
** '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)
'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' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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This is a world so real, not just in its finely observed details locations but the sights we see on the streets - traffic jams, hijab-wearing groups and women with buggies - to the dark crevices where trafficked Eastern European girls are stowed and abused, just a few floors beneath a young American woman working for a society magazine. The breadth of Craig's reach is immense and incisive even in passing, a S. African cab driver, an Asian anti-immigration doctor, the misuse of the NHS - the juggling and jostling of so many warring views that make one, albeit sometimes grudgingly, let in a shred of understanding of an an opposing view. And it's this maelstrom that is today's London, sweeping up the human detritus and elite, the whole range of colour and sound and silence that keeps the thoughts whirling throughout.
Amanda abandons the too-precious rules set by cautious publishers who demand a limited number of voices and gives us a cacophony; she ignores the commandment on a limited number of characters, plunging us instead into whole populations; a rough inner-city school , a car-wash consisting of of African, Asian, English workers, owners, clients, each one with a personality that comes through the briefest encounter; she disregards the edict of connecting and bringing together these many groups quickly to provide the the reader with easy connections and latch on to a central narrative.Read more ›
I think it's the greatest novel I've ever read.
The other aspect I loved about the characters is that they are so human and so real; Polly is a human rights lawyers and believes fervently in her cause; helping those who deserve asylum and trying to prevent their deportation yet she is not "goody-goody" or perfect; the reader is privy to all her insecurities and also frivolities. Job, the Zimbabwean, is a very good person but he also strays. The outsider view on the English as expressed in different ways by the characters is also very insightful and amusing. London too is a character in this novel; not glorified or prettified but shown as big, bustling, impatient, exclusionary, grimy but also pretty and village-like at times.
The storyline is compelling, I could not put it down but it is by no means one of those formulaic page-turners that I despise.Read more ›
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This book has it all - great plot and engaging characters - beautifully written. I can't believe it hasn't been serialized yetPublished 6 months ago by Client d'Amazon
A didactic commentary on the plight of migrants in London, in which the author's own opinions leak through the voices of the characters far too much. Read morePublished 13 months ago by V A Harrison
I think this is one of the most important novels today. It talks about issues of immigration and marginalization of immigrants that is extremely topical to the issues effecting the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
An amazing book, I lent this to friend after reading and it's one my saddest losses as far as books go. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kathleen Uziel
This book was a very enjoyable read....I loved the way that the myriad characters' lives interconnected, or almost did. Read morePublished on 9 May 2015 by Jane Anderson
I can't begin to express just how much I loved this book. The characters were complete rounded and believable. The London setting was very well done. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2015 by Lellie
Very interesting book full of the author's outrage at social injustice but also a well driven plot line. The characters are well developed as is a sense of place. Recommended!Published on 2 Dec. 2014 by Chester
I enjoyed the book but the end was a bit odd - I think it either should have been a couple of chapters longer or perhaps it needs a sequel. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2013 by Daisy Edward
Fantastic, the novel really altered the way I view not only Britain but politics and immigration. I couldn't put it down.Published on 6 Oct. 2013 by Ellis