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My Name is Leon is the latest novel to be read at the Waterstones Bookclub in Ballymena. The novel has just been awarded the Irish Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the First Novel award in the Costa Prize. Written by Kit De Waal this book is sure to be a favourite among readers. De Waal’s mother was a foster carer and she herself has formerly worked worked as a magistrate and in criminal and family law. She has poured her experiences and knowledge into her writing which makes this book as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. Here are the three reasons why we think that you should pick up My Name is Leon.
Overall this story offers a beautiful insight into a son who appears to have lost it all. I have no doubt that De Waal has incorporated many true life examples into her tale which makes this all the more heartbreaking. But somehow, reading it through the eyes of Leon makes it beautiful and bearable. This is a tale of loss, love and a how there are some extraordinary individuals out there who are willing to build a family for those who have lost theirs .
Have I convinced you? If you are interested then please pick up a copy of My Name is Leon and join the Waterstones Ballymena bookclub on Wednesday 5th July at 7pm.
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