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Kit de Waal

Supporting Cast
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  • ***From the acclaimed author of My Name is Leon***

    'It's so good. Full of Kit's trademark humanity. I can feel my heart grow with every word' Cathy Rentzenbrink
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    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.
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    'Stunning. Kit is in utter command of language and story here, and wields them like no other writer' Donal Ryan

    'A magnificent study of humanity in all its various sorrows. Her writing is exquisite and the stories are beautiful in their simplicity and truth' Liz Nugent

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, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. Her second novel, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women's Prize and her young adult novel Becoming Dinah is shortlisted for the Carnegie CLIP Award 2020. She also crowdfunded and edited an anthology of working class memoir, Common People, which was published in 2018. Kit was named the FutureBook Person of the Year in 2019.