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  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784161200
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.00

V for Victory

A warm and witty novel by the Sunday Times bestseller

A warm and immersive novel which reminds us that hope can still burn brightly in the darkest times. 'Funny, moving and utterly life-enhancing' Daily Mail

'A book to be treasured and returned to again and again' The Independent
'Funny, moving and utterly life-enhancing' Daily Mail
With caustic wit and artful storytelling, Lissa Evans elegantly summons a time when the world could finally hope to emerge from the chaos of war.
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...

Readers love V For Victory:
***** 'The characters stay in the memory and heart.'
***** 'It's pitch perfect - funny, sad, moving, compelling'
***** 'Full of warmth, wit and wisdom, an absolute joy'

  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781784161200
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.00

About the author

Lissa Evans

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.

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Praise for V for Victory

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.


Interwoven storylines, heartfelt characters and authentic dialogue

My Weekly

So beautifully done. The characters are a delight ...there are laugh-out-loud moments, and others that are heart-breakingly sad. It's a funny, moving novel which celebrates resilience and good humour in a world filled with worry.

Daily Mirror

Funny, uplifting ... wonderful stuff

Good Housekeeping, 'Best Books to Calm Anxiety'

A wittily written novel

The Times

Evans is on pithily fine form, splicing laughter with pathos as she weaves a vivid tale of secrets and dimly flickering hope, conjuring up spinsters, sirens and suffragettes

The Mail on Sunsay

Evans makes the mundane and the magical collide... a book to bee treasured and returned to again and again


Written by an absolute master ... funny, moving, and utterly life-enhancing

Daily Mail

An absolute balm for the soul ... sharply funny but with real heart

Books of the Month, Red Magazine

V for Victory is suffused with Evans's trademark blend of wit and pathos

The Times

A heartfelt, life-affirming story


A witty, perceptive novel

Sunday Express

This warm-hearted novel is a delightful celebration of love, loyalty and the quiet heroism of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

Daily Mail

Reliably funny and wise, featuring delightfully eccentric and endearing characters

Daily Express

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