Supporting Cast
Kit de Waal

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Narrated By: Kristin Atherton, Clifford Samuel, Sam Woolf, Vivienne Acheampong, Daisy Badger, Damian Gildea, Simone Kirby

Duration: 3 hours and 35 minutes

What to expect

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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.

© Kit de Waal 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Short stories, Modern and contemporary fiction

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Kit de Waal has written? a book that is absolutely right for the summer of 2020 . . . This is a book you could read on a journey, on a beach, in a single sitting between dinner and bedtime. And afterwards feel more connected to the world... It's a treat for her many existing fans - but new readers can very much start here

Financial Times

It's so good. Full of Kit's trademark humanity. I can feel my heart grow with every word

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Stunning. What an experience, the brightest and most beautiful break in the clouds. Kit is in utter command of language and story here, and wields them like no other writer

Donal Ryan

Kit has the most marvellous gift of getting to the marrow of her characters and this collection of vignettes from the lives of her characters, peripheral, and not so peripheral, is a magnificent study of humanity in all its various sorrows. Her writing is exquisite, not a word is wasted and the stories are beautiful in their simplicity and truth

Liz Nugent

Written with such beauty


Stories of everyday lives that will resonate and move you utterly


Superb. [The characters] blaze into richly imagined lives full of loss, love, abandonment and heartfelt hope

Daily Mail

An emotionally sure-handed novel exploring harrowing terrain with deft sensitivity

Sunday Times on The Trick to Time

The unforgettable story of a boy struggling to belong. Heartbreaking and uplifting - just read it

Daily Mail on My Name is Leon

Devastatingly emotional. De Waal's storytelling gives us the poetry and sorrow of life itself

Financial Times on The Trick to Time

Tender and heart-breaking