My Name Is Leon

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A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you’d least expect to find one. 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 speaking in low voices, and wearing pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers, since Jake is white and Leon is not.

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**A TIMES and INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER**

**WINNER OF THE IRISH NOVEL PRIZE**

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2016**

** SHORTLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE**

** LONGLISTED FOR THE GLASS BELL AWARD **

It’s 1981, a year of riots and royal weddings. The Dukes of Hazzard is on TV. Curly Wurlys are in the shops. And trying to find a place in it all is nine-year-old Leon. He and his little brother Jake have gone to live with Maureen. They’ve lost one home, but have they found another?

Maureen feeds and looks after them. She has wild red hair and mutters swearwords under her breath when she thinks they can’t hear. She claims everything will be okay. But will they ever see their mother again? Who are the couple who secretly visit Jake? Between the street violence and the street parties, Leon must find a way to reunite his family…

‘Startlingly funny. Balances the gritty with the feel good’ Observer

‘Vivid and endearing – a very powerful book’ Emma Healey, bestselling author of Elizabeth is Missing

‘Authentic and beautiful, urgent and honest, this novel makes room in your heart’ Chris Cleave, bestselling author of The Other Hand

Additional information

Weight 0.19 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 13.3 × 1.8 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

262

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K