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|Description:||282 pages ; 23 cm|
|Contents:||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 --
thirty-six and laden with debts and dependents. She's always desperate for money, and the war has thrown up new opportunities for getting it, but what she needs (and what she's always lacked) is a cool head and the ability to make careful plans. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together, as fake Widow and Orphan, they shake a charity tin from door to door, criss-crossing the bombed suburbs of London. Vee starts to make a profit and Noel gradually 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. And although Noel's been moved to safety, he isn't actually safe at all.
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