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
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A New Map of Love (2017)
"George Baxter is one of those rare characters in a novel that you feel you’ve known all your life. Full of hilarious set pieces and moments of tender reflection, A New Map of Love sneaks up on you, the last page is as lovely as the first. I loved it."
In Our Mad and Furious City (2018)
"What a voice. What an ear for language... a brave and original piece of work."
When All Is Said (2019)
"Beautifully written, unhurried and thoughtful, and a character you love from the off."
"This book isn't even out yet and people are talking about it. Written by a new and exciting young woman, it's articulate, brave and, in the new parlance, 'woke.' Funny, wise, and of the moment, this book and this writer are the ones to watch."
It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's (2019)
"Beautifully written from inside, real people, ordinary homes...crafted to perfection, short stories to die for."
Miss Iceland (2020)
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
"Only a great book can make you feel you're really there, a thousand miles and a generation away. I loved it."
Cane Warriors (2020)
"Alex Wheatle is the real deal; he writes with heart and authenticity, books that make you laugh and worry and cry and hold your breath. It’s a pity there’s only one of him."
How to Belong (2020)
"A tender story about finding your place in the world, about ordinary lives, belonging and being brave. The kind of book that gives you hope and courage. I loved it."
Everyone is Still Alive (2021)
"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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