Monday 26 March 2018

The Trick To Time by Kit de Waal (2018)

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.


An incredibly moving and multilayered piece of writing from Kit de Waal.
Her turn of phrase and skill with the written word had me sinking in to this story from the first page. I wanted to read it all in one go but I found that the story was too powerful. I needed to read it in chunks, to absorb the emotion and turmoil of the characters and to laugh and cry along with them at a gentle pace rather than rattling along to get to the end. Even now, having read this beautiful novel, my heart still mourns for these characters and the dreams they had.

The Trick to Time will be published on the 29th of March 2018 by Penguin.

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