Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not.
As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile – like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum.
Evoking the Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of identity, love and loss; and finding our way home.
Kit de Waal won the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize in 2014 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader’s Choice Prize 2014. My Name is Leon is her first novel.
Chaired by Caroline Beck
Sunday 9 October,
Palace Green Library
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