Kit de Waal pens 'sweeping love story' for second novel

Kit de Waal pens 'sweeping love story' for second novel

Viking is publishing a second novel from Kit de Waal in spring 2018.

The Trick to Time will be published with Viking on 5th April 2018, after Venetia Butterfield bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Jo Unwin at the Jo Unwin Literary Agency, as part of a three book deal.

According to Viking, it will be "a sweeping story of love against the odds, of a young Irish immigrant couple in 1970s Birmingham, of family ties, and how you go on living when you’ve lost a piece of your life". 

Birmingham-based de Waal is the author of the internationally bestselling debut novel, My Name is Leon, which was nominated for the Costa debut novel award, the Desmond Elliot prize and the Kerry Irish Novel of the Year.

My Name is Leon, described as a “moving story of racial injustice’ evoking Britain of the early eighties, was optioned by Lenny Henry's production company, Douglas Road Productions, for TV in April. At the time Henry, who also narrated the audiobook, said: "There are so many young people out there that need their voice to be heard – perhaps Leon’s story will give them the courage to speak."