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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241973417
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

The Trick to Time

'A universal story of love and loss [with] one of those cunning endings that makes you want to reread the whole book' The Times

Some moments you want to last forever. Some moments shape a life.

For Mona, it's the joy of playing on a Wexford beach as a young girl, next to her family's cottage overlooking the Irish sea. The thrill of moving to Birmingham with a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding-house. Meeting the love of her life; a whirlwind marriage; a sudden, tragic loss.

But now, decades later, Mona is determined to find happiness before it's too late. She knows that every moment is precious. But can we ever let go of the past that shaped us?

  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241973417
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for The Trick to Time

Excellent. The novel's ending will leave you reeling

Daily Mail

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

Sunday Times

A beautifully written, exquisitely crafted story of love, grief and the quiet courage it takes to survive great loss

S Magazine

An unforgettable tale of grief and life-long love

Woman's Own

Moving and enlightening


Tender with a fierce undercurrent of tension and heartbreak

Jane Shemilt, bestselling author of 'Daughter'

The Trick to Time proves that Kit de Waal is a writer destined for even greater things


The Trick to Time starts gently and ratchets up the emotional intensity until you're ugly crying into your pillow

Sunday Times

A beautiful book

Andrew Marr

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

A warm and endearing book about learning to live again

Good Housekeeping

It's slight but engaging. The style is simple yet artful

Evening Standard

The "trick to time" is that it can expand or contract at will, and in creating a mature heroine with decades of history, De Waal has herself performed a feat of skilful comprehension

Guardian Review

These distillations of everyday life have all the beauty of a finely crafted life drawing

Financial Times

Weaving tragedy and joy, big themes and the minutiae of life, this is a love story to take on the classics

Emerald Street

An aching tale of love and loss


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