A heart-wrenching love story from the internationally bestselling author of 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.
Weaving tragedy and joy, big themes and the minutiae of life,
this is a love story to take on the classics * Emerald
[An] emotionally sure-handed novel exploring harrowing terrain with deft sensitivity * Sunday Times *
The "trick to time" is that it can expand or contract at will, and in creating a mature heroine with decades of history, De Waal has herself performed a feat of skilful comprehension * Guardian Review *
It's slight but engaging. The style is simple yet artful * Evening Standard *
An unforgettable tale of grief and life-long love * Woman's Own *
Moving and enlightening * Independent *
A beautifully written, exquisitely crafted story of love, grief and the quiet courage it takes to survive great loss * S Magazine *
A story that's full of care; even in its saddest moments it is tender and kind. It feels like a book about all the best parts of being human, about family and friendship, and the way that loss only hurts the way it does because it's grounded in love. -- S K Perry
Tender with a fierce undercurrent of tension and heartbreak -- Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of 'Daughter'
A beautiful book -- Andrew Marr
These distillations of everyday life have all the beauty of a finely crafted life drawing * Financial Times *
The Trick to Time starts gently and ratchets up the emotional intensity until you're ugly crying into your pillow * Sunday Times *
A warm and endearing book about learning to live again * Good Housekeeping *
The Trick to Time proves that Kit de Waal is a writer destined for even greater things * Red *
[The] ending will leave you reeling * Daily Mail *