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Kit de Waal

Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother and Caribbean father.  She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, for Social Services and the Crown Prosecution Service.  She is a founder member of Leather Lane Writers and Oxford Narrative Group and has won numerous awards for her short stories and flash fiction.  MY NAME IS LEON, her debut novel won the Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and was shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Costa First Book Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
   My Name Is Leon (2016)
   The Trick to Time (2018)
   Becoming Dinah (2019)
   The Best of Everything (2025)
   Supporting Cast (2020)
Kit de Waal recommends
The Queen of Dirt Island (2022)
Donal Ryan
"[A] master storyteller. The most vivid characters, so full of life. You read each short chapter wondering how he's crammed in so much heart and wonder, while the story itself ramps up to its quietly devastating and marvellous conclusion."
An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life (2022)
Paul Dalla Rosa
"Pitch perfect, with undercurrents of sorrow and angst."
Everyone is Still Alive (2021)
Cathy Rentzenbrink
"I love this book. Funny, wise and clever and full of honesty and kindness. It's a page-turner that makes you look at yourself and your relationships anew. A unique and generous novel about love, loss and friendship."

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Books containing stories by Kit de Waal
Dear NHS (2020)
100 Stories to Say Thank You
edited by
Adam Kay

Award nominations
2017 Desmond Elliott Prize (nominee) : My Name Is Leon
2017 British Book Award Debut Book of the Year (shortlist) : My Name Is Leon
2016 Costa Book Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : My Name Is Leon

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