Trick to Time
Kit de Waal

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Narrated By: Fiona Shaw

Duration: 9 hours and 1 minute

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.


Modern and contemporary fiction, Family life fiction, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Social issues, Narrative theme: Sense of place

Listen to a sample

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'

A beautiful story told with compassion, urgency and wit

Stephen Kelman on 'My Name is Leon'

Tender and heart-breaking

Rachel Joyce on 'My Name is Leon'

Startlingly funny. Balances the gritty with the feel good