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Kit de Waal

Born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, Kit was brought up among the Irish community in Birmingham in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It is her childhood and teen years that are recounted in the author’s memoir.

Kit’s debut novel, My Name is Leon, was a bestseller, and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. Her memoir, Without Warning and Only Sometimes, was published to rave reviews this summer. Between her debut novel and her current memoir, Kit has seen the publication of her second novel, as well as a young adult novel, a collection of short stories and an anthology of working-class memoir, Common People, which she crowdfunded and edited.