The Trick to Time

The Trick to Time

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A heart-wrenching love story from the internationally bestselling author of My Name Is Leon

Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart.

Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again?

The Trick to Time is an unforgettable tale of grief, longing, and a love that lasts a lifetime.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 24mm | 326g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 024120710X
  • 9780241207109
  • 1,781

About Kit de Waal

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, long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017.
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Weaving tragedy and joy, big themes and the minutiae of life, this is a love story to take on the classics * Emerald Street * Tender with a fierce undercurrent of tension and heartbreak -- Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of 'Daughter' Authentic and beautiful, urgent and honest, this novel does what only the best do: it quietly makes room in your heart -- Chris Cleave on 'My Name is Leon' Tender and heart-breaking -- Rachel Joyce on 'My Name is Leon' A touching, thought-provoking debut -- Guardian on 'My Name is Leon' A beautiful story told with compassion, urgency and wit -- Stephen Kelman on 'My Name is Leon' Startlingly funny. Balances the gritty with the feel good -- Observer on 'My Name is Leon' Deeply moving, compulsively readable and, despite the heart-rending subject matter, often funny -- Irish Times on 'My Name is Leon' 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
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50 ratings
4.08 out of 5 stars
5 36% (18)
4 44% (22)
3 14% (7)
2 4% (2)
1 2% (1)
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