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The Trick to Time

Kit de Waal



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17 September 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
There is a trick to time. You can make it expand or you can make it contract. You can make the most of what you have...

'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?
By:   Kit de Waal
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   191g
ISBN:   9780241973417
ISBN 10:   0241973414
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   17 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Trick to Time

The Trick to Time proves that Kit de Waal is a writer destined for even greater things * Red * A warm and endearing book about learning to live again * Good Housekeeping * These distillations of everyday life have all the beauty of a finely crafted life drawing * Financial Times * 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 It's slight but engaging. The style is simple yet artful * Evening Standard * Weaving tragedy and joy, big themes and the minutiae of life, this is a love story to take on the classics * Emerald Street * The Trick to Time starts gently and ratchets up the emotional intensity until you're ugly crying into your pillow * Sunday Times * An unforgettable tale of grief and life-long love * Woman's Own * Excellent. The novel's ending will leave you reeling * Daily Mail * An aching tale of love and loss * Stylist * A beautiful book -- Andrew Marr A beautifully written, exquisitely crafted story of love, grief and the quiet courage it takes to survive great loss * S Magazine * Moving and enlightening * Independent * [An] emotionally sure-handed novel exploring harrowing terrain with deft sensitivity * Sunday Times * 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 * Tender with a fierce undercurrent of tension and heartbreak -- Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of 'Daughter'

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