Reviews

  • A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you'd least expect to find one

    Publisher's description
  • Tender and heart-breaking

    Rachel Joyce, bestselling author of 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'
  • A beautiful story told with compassion, urgency and wit

    Stephen Kelman, author of the Booker-shortlisted 'Pigeon English'
  • Vivid and endearing - a very powerful book

    Emma Healey, bestselling author of 'Elizabeth is Missing'
  • Leon is pure goodwill in a wicked world, and he won't leave you when you put this unique book down. Authentic and beautiful, urgent and honest, this novel does what only the best do: it quietly makes room in your heart. At the end of the story I couldn't bear to close the book on Leon. I felt I was abandoning him. I wanted to talk about it straight away with someone else who'd read it, and I know a great many readers will feel the same.

    Chris Cleave, bestselling author of 'The Other Hand'
  • Beautiful and heartbreaking - I cried buckets of tears for Leon and his family

    Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of 'The Last Act of Love'
  • A compelling story... Kit de Waal is to be congratulated

    Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of 'Daughter'
  • Hotly anticipated and heartbreaking... a great read...it's no mean feat for a debut to so perfectly capture the world through the eyes of a child...his illuminating child's eye view of adult affairs harks back to the likes of Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Sawyer and more recently Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

    Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4
  • The unforgettable story of a boy struggling to belong, and the author captures both his mindset and the period impeccably. Heartbreaking and uplifting - just read it

    Daily Mail
  • My debut of the year so far...heartbreaking and warm at the same time

    Stylist