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What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal, read by Fiona Shaw.

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.

Critics Review

  • A touching, thought-provoking debut

    Guardian on 'My Name is Leon'
  • Tender with a fierce undercurrent of tension and heartbreak

    Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of 'Daughter'
  • Authentic and beautiful, urgent and honest, this novel does what only the best do: it quietly makes room in your heart

    Chris Cleave on 'My Name is Leon'
  • A story that’s full of care; even in its saddest moments it is tender and kind. It feels like a book about all the best parts of being human, about family and friendship, and the way that loss only hurts the way it does because it’s grounded in love.

    S K Perry
  • Weaving tragedy and joy, big themes and the minutiae of life, this is a love story to take on the classics

    Emerald Street
  • Deeply moving, compulsively readable and, despite the heart-rending subject matter, often funny

    Irish Times on 'My Name is Leon'

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