Birmingham, 1972. Mona is a young Irish girl in a 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 town, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a dizzying love affair, a whirlwind marriage, an unexpected pregnancy – 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?
Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the 60s and 70s. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. Kit has also set up a scholarship to give marginalised people opportunities in creative writing.
The Trick To Time is the first festival pick for ‘Crickhowell’s Big Read’ which we hope will provide our community with the opportunity to come together and engage through a shared reading experience.
Kit de Waal will be in conversation with Festival Director, Anne Rowe.
The ticket price includes a copy of the book.
This event is sponsored by Bookish