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The Trick to Time

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.

The Trick to Time is an unforgettable tale of grief, longing, and a love that lasts a lifetime.


My Name is Leon

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...


Six Foot Six

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.

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Becoming Dinah

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.


"Crushing Big" 2015    Bridport Prize, Flash Fiction, First Prize
"I Am the Painter's Daughter" 2015    Bare Fiction, Flash Fiction, Second Prize
"Romans 1 Verse 29, Sins of the Heart" 2014    Bridport Prize, Flash Fiction, First Prize
"The Beautiful Thing" 2014 Bath Short Story Award Short Story Second Prize and BBC Radio 4 Drama
"Adrift at the Athena" 2014 A Midlands Odyssey and BBC Radio 4 Drama
"The Old Man & The Suit" 2014 Costa Short Story Award, Second Prize
"Blue in Green" 2014 Readers' Choice award, SI Leeds Literary Prize
"A Glass of Light of Silver" 2013 Final Chapters Anthology: Writings About The End Of Life
"The Way of the World" 2013 The Sea in Birmingham, anthology
"A Taste of Death" 2011 Fish Prize, shortlisted

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