Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig - review by Beau Hopkins

Beau Hopkins

The Ties that Bind

Hearts and Minds


Little, Brown 432pp £17.99

A grand satire in the Victorian tradition, Amanda Craig’s Hearts and Minds explores the role of immigrants in all strata of London society. Craig traces the chains of dependency linking Cabinet ministers with minicab drivers, newspaper proprietors with East European sex slaves, and ultimately portrays the immigrant experience as a keystone in our national and individual identities.

The plot is knit from five different perspectives: Ian, a carefree South African teacher; Katie, an American journalist fleeing the collapse of her marriage; Job, a Zimbabwean minicab driver; Anna, who has been trafficked as a sex slave; and Polly, a North London human-rights lawyer. What brings them

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