Author(s): Kit de Waal
Mona is a young Irish girl in a big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in town, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a dizzying love affair, a whirlwind marriage, an unexpected pregnancy - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart.
Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again?
The Trick to Timeis an unforgettable tale of grief, longing, and a love that lasts a lifetime.
Longlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction
Authentic and beautiful, urgent and honest, this novel does what only the best do: it quietly makes room in your heart -- Chris Cleave on 'My Name is Leon' Tender and heart-breaking -- Rachel Joyce on 'My Name is Leon' A beautiful story told with compassion, urgency and wit -- Stephen Kelman on 'My Name is Leon' A touching, thought-provoking debut -- Guardian on 'My Name is Leon' Startlingly funny. Balances the gritty with the feel good -- Observer on 'My Name is Leon' Deeply moving, compulsively readable and, despite the heart-rending subject matter, often funny -- Irish Times on 'My Name is Leon'
Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a foster carer, and a Caribbean father. She worked for 15 years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize. She has two children.