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Kit de Waal - Author

About the Author

Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a childminder and foster carer and a Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption, foster care and judgecraft for members of the judiciary. Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader's C hoice Prize 2014 and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.

My Name is Leon, her first novel was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Costa Book Award. She has two children and lives in the West Midlands.

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Supporting Cast

Supporting Cast

Author: Kit de Waal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2020

***From the acclaimed author of My Name is Leon*** 'It's so good. Full of Kit's trademark humanity. I can feel my heart grow with every word' Cathy Rentzenbrink _______________________________________________ As she walks out of her marriage, a woman remembers the day her husband rescued a boy from drowning. A blind man on his wedding day celebrates the pursuit of love. And a young man leaves prison with only one desire - to see his son again. Kit de Waal's characters light up the page in vivid stories of thwarted desire, love and loss. With power and precision, humanity and insight, Supporting Cast captures the extraordinary moments in our ordinary lives, and the darkness and the joy of the everyday. ________________________________________________ 'Stunning. Kit is in utter command of language and story here, and wields them like no other writer' Donal Ryan 'A magnificent study of humanity in all its various sorrows. Her writing is exquisite and the stories are beautiful in their simplicity and truth' Liz Nugent

The Trick to Time

The Trick to Time

Author: Kit de Waal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2019

'There's a trick to time. You can make it expand or you can make it contract. Make it shorter or make it longer . . .' Some moments you want to last forever. Some moments shape a life. For Mona, it's the joy of playing on a Wexford beach as a young girl, next to her family's cottage overlooking the Irish sea. The thrill of moving to Birmingham with a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding-house. Meeting the love of her life; a whirlwind marriage; a sudden, tragic loss. But now, decades later, Mona is determined to find happiness before it's too late. She knows that every moment is precious. But can we ever let go of the past that shaped us? 'Devastatingly emotional. De Waal's storytelling gives us the poetry and sorrow of life itself' Financial Times 'Weaving tragedy and joy, big themes and the minutiae of life, this is a love story to take on the classics' Emerald Street 'An emotionally sure-handed novel exploring harrowing terrain with deft sensitivity' Sunday Times

Six Foot Six

Six Foot Six

Author: Kit de Waal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

It's an exciting day for Timothy Flowers. It's the third of November, and it's Friday, and it's his twenty-first birthday. When Timothy walks to his usual street corner to see his favourite special bus, he meets Charlie. Charlie is a builder who is desperate for Timothy's help because Timothy is very tall, six feet six inches. Timothy has never had a job before - or no work that he's kept for more than a day. But when Timothy and Charlie have to collect money from a local thug, things don't exactly go according to plan... Over the course of one day, Timothy's life will change for ever.

My Name Is Leon

My Name Is Leon

Author: Kit de Waal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2017

**A TIMES and INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER** **WINNER OF THE IRISH NOVEL PRIZE** **SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2016** ** SHORTLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE** ** LONGLISTED FOR THE GLASS BELL AWARD ** It's 1981, a year of riots and royal weddings. The Dukes of Hazzard is on TV. Curly Wurlys are in the shops. And trying to find a place in it all is nine-year-old Leon. He and his little brother Jake have gone to live with Maureen. They've lost one home, but have they found another? Maureen feeds and looks after them. She has wild red hair and mutters swearwords under her breath when she thinks they can't hear. She claims everything will be okay. But will they ever see their mother again? Who are the couple who secretly visit Jake? Between the street violence and the street parties, Leon must find a way to reunite his family... 'Startlingly funny. Balances the gritty with the feel good' Observer 'Vivid and endearing - a very powerful book' Emma Healey, bestselling author of Elizabeth is Missing 'Authentic and beautiful, urgent and honest, this novel makes room in your heart' Chris Cleave, bestselling author of The Other Hand

My Name Is Leon

My Name Is Leon

Author: Kit de Waal Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2016

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Mein Name ist Leon

Mein Name ist Leon

Author: Kit de Waal Format: eBook Release Date: 30/05/2016

Leon ist neun und ziemlich dunkelhautig, sein Halbbruder Jake dagegen ganz blond und erst sechs Monate alt. Als ihre Mutter Sandra mal wieder richtig Pech mit einem Kerl hat, bleibt sie einfach im Bett liegen. Und Leon muss sich um Jake kummern, ihn wickeln, etwas zu Essen besorgen. Das fliegt natrlich irgendwann auf, das Sozialamt schaltet sich ein. Es bringt die beiden Jungs erst einmal bei Pflegemutter Maureen unter: bergewichtig, rothaarig, etwas nah am Wasser gebaut - man muss sie schon ein bisschen kennenlernen, um zu merken, was fr ein riesengroes Herz Maureen hat. Bald findet sich auch eine richtige Adoptivfamilie. Allerdings nur fr Jake, denn der ist ja klein und blond. Leon wei nicht mehr ein und aus vor Schmerz. Und er fasst einen Plan. Einen gefhrlichen Plan, in diesem heien Londoner Sommer 1981

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