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My Name Is Leon

My Name Is Leon (Paperback)

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**A TIMES and INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER****WINNER OF THE IRISH NOVEL PRIZE****SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2016**** SHORTLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE**** LONGLISTED FOR THE GLASS BELL AWARD **It's 1981, a year of riots and royal weddings. The Dukes of Hazzard is on TV. Curly Wurlys are in the shops. And trying to find a place in it all is nine-year-old Leon. He and his little brother Jake have gone to live with Maureen. They've lost one home, but have they found another?Maureen feeds and looks after them. She has wild red hair and mutters swearwords under her breath when she thinks they can't hear. She claims everything will be okay. But will they ever see their mother again? Who are the couple who secretly visit Jake? Between the street violence and the street parties, Leon must find a way to reunite his family...'Startlingly funny. Balances the gritty with the feel good' Observer'Vivid and endearing - a very powerful book' Emma Healey, bestselling author of Elizabeth is Missing'Authentic and beautiful, urgent and honest, this novel makes room in your heart' Chris Cleave, bestselling author of The Other Hand

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 20/03/2017 ISBN-13: 9780241973387  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a foster carer and a Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption and foster care. Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader's Choice Prize 2014. My Name is Leon is her first novel. She has two children.

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