If you lost the love of your life, what would you do to live again?
Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the 60's and 70's. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. Her second novel, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women's Prize and her young adult novel Becoming Dinah is shortlisted for the Carnegie CLIP Award 2020. She also crowdfunded and edited an anthology of working class memoir, Common People, which was published in 2018. Kit was named the FutureBook Person of the Year in 2019.
Tender with a fierce undercurrent of tension and heartbreak
-- Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of 'Daughter'
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 *
[An] emotionally sure-handed novel exploring harrowing terrain with deft sensitivity * Sunday Times *
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 beautiful book -- Andrew Marr
An aching tale of love and loss * Stylist *
Excellent. The novel's ending will leave you reeling * Daily Mail *
An unforgettable tale of grief and life-long love * Woman's Own *
The Trick to Time starts gently and ratchets up the emotional intensity until you're ugly crying into your pillow * Sunday Times *
Weaving tragedy and joy, big themes and the minutiae of life, this is a love story to take on the classics * Emerald Street *
It's slight but engaging. The style is simple yet artful * Evening Standard *
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
These distillations of everyday life have all the beauty of a finely crafted life drawing * Financial 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 *