Kit de Waal – Credit Justine Stoddart

Novel Writers: Kit de Waal

My Name is Leon

Novel Writers/
Thu 30 June 2016

Novel Writers: Kit de Waal

My Name is Leon

Kit de Waal – Credit Justine Stoddart
Thu 30 June 2016,

Each month Spike Island in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas invites a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in a relaxed, informal setting. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and wonderful books.

This month’s debut-novel book club introduces Kit de Waal and her novel My Name is Leon.

Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not.

Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss, and how — just when we least expect it — we manage to find our way home.

Kit de Waal is in conversation with writer Nikesh Shukla.

Image credit: Justine Stoddart.

 

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