Amanda Craig - Hearts and Minds
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Amanda Craig's new novel Hearts & Minds is set in bang-up-to
date London, with strong characters and a plot that could be
happening amongst today's chattering classes.
Hearts & Minds
Amanda Craig's new novel Hearts & Minds is set in
bang-up-to date London with strong characters and a plot that could
be happening amongst today's chattering classes and immigrant
population both legal and illegal; school teachers and lawyers, cab
drivers and prostitutes.
While seriously ill for three years, Amanda tells The Interview
Online that she was inspired to find out more about the
immigrant population - individuals upon whom she found herself
dependent. Who are these people that many would prefer to label
simply as "bogus asylum seekers" and what motivates them to risk
everything to come to Britain?
Amanda Craig also explains in the video that like Charles
Dickens in Victorian times, she researched her novel by talking to
the "hidden society" of London - in her case teenage prostitutes
from Eastern Europe. She reveals that it was surprisingly easy to
encourage them to talk once they realised she wasn't from the
police or social services.
Hearts and Minds - longlisted for Orange Prize for
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