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Kit de Waal
Born Mandy Theresa O'Loughlin in Birmingham on 26 July, 1960, Kit de Waal published her debut novel My Name is Leon in 2016. She has also published several short stories over the course of her career and worked in law and as a magistrate before enrolling on a creative writing course.
My Name is Leon was hugely successful and the audiobook version was read by none other than Sir Lenny Henry.
Kit de Waal Books
Kit de Waal's debut novel, My Name is Leon was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016 and is a heartbreaking story of love, identity and loss in 1980s Britain.
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Leon is a 9-year-old boy who has just welcomed a perfect baby brother called Jake. The brothers have gone to live with Maureen, who has funny, fuzzy red hair and a belly Santa would be proud of. However, Leon is aware something is going on - the adults are acting strangely. Could it be something to do with the fact Jake is white and Leon is not?
Leon struggles to hide his anger but there are still many things that make him happy - Curly Wurlys, riding a bike and hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad). He's also stealing coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum...
This is a poignant story all about the fierce bond between siblings and how we can find our way home, even when least expect it...
**A TIMES and INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER** **SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2016** A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you'd least expect to find one. Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not. As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile - like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum. Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how - just when we least expect it - we manage to find our way home.
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