Je m'appelle Leon et j'ai huit ans trois quart. Ce que je préfère, dans la vie, c'est les bonbons qui collent aux dents et les gros mots. Et puis Jake. Jake, c'est mon petit frère. On a envie de le regarder tout le temps. Comme maman n'est jamais là, ou souvent en train de dormir à cause des médicaments, c'est moi qui m'en occupe. L'assistante sociale a dit que ça ne pouvait pas durer comme ça. Que Jake allait partir loin. Mais moi, je ne les laisserai pas faire ! Ou je m'appelle plus Leon !
'A gripping, heart-wrenching coming-of-age story' - Guardian In her first YA novel, Costa-shortlisted Kit de Waal responds to classic Moby Dick by tearing the power away from obsessive Captain Ahab and giving it to a teenage girl. Dinah's whole world is upside down, dead things and angry men and cuts all over her head that are beginning to sting.... Seventeen-year-old Dinah needs to leave her home, the weird commune where she grew up. She needs a whole new identity, starting with how she looks, starting with shaving off her hair, her 'crowning glory'. She has to do it quickly, because she has to go now . Dinah was going to go alone and hitch a ride down south. Except, she ends up being persuaded to illegally drive a VW campervan for hundreds of miles, accompanied by a grumpy man with one leg. This wasn't the plan. But while she's driving, Dinah will be forced to confront everything that led her here, everything that will finally show her which direction to turn... In her first YA novel, Costa-shortlisted author Kit de Waal responds to the classic Moby Dick with entirely new characters, a VW campervan, and by tearing the power away from obsessive Captain Ahab and giving it to a teenage girl who's determined to find a new life, far away from her unconventional upbringing. 'An emotionally charged book' - Daily Mail 'Fresh and defiantly original ... what a beautiful book' - Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
**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
...A new collection from the acclaimed author of My Name is Leon... _______________________________________________ As she walks out of her marriage, a woman remembers the day her husband rescued a boy from drowning. A blind man on his wedding day celebrates the pursuit of love. And a young man leaves prison with only one desire - to see his son again. Kit de Waal's characters light up the page in vivid stories of thwarted desire, love and loss. With power and precision, humanity and insight, Supporting Cast captures the extraordinary moments in our ordinary lives, and the darkness and the joy of the everyday. ________________________________________________ Praise for Kit de Waal 'Vivid and endearing - a very powerful book' Emma Healey, author of Elizabeth Is Missin g 'An emotionally sure-handed novel exploring harrowing terrain with deft sensitivity' Sunday Times 'Unforgettable. Heartbreaking and uplifting' Daily Mail 'An aching tale of love and loss' Stylist
It's an exciting day for Timothy Flowers. It's the third of November, and it's Friday, and it's his twenty-first birthday. When Timothy walks to his usual street corner to see his favourite special bus, he meets Charlie. Charlie is a builder who is desperate for Timothy's help because Timothy is very tall, six feet six inches. Timothy has never had a job before - or no work that he's kept for more than a day. But when Timothy and Charlie have to collect money from a local thug, things don't exactly go according to plan... Over the course of one day, Timothy's life will change for ever.