Congratulations to Kit de Waal for winning the 2017 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year award late last week for her debut novel, My Name is Leon.
I’m delighted Kit won the prize: in my review I described this book as “the most bittersweet novel I’ve read so far this year”. I thought it was a really delightful story, the kind that I want to press into everyone’s hand. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out on a real treat.
The €15,000 prize was presented on opening night of the annual Listowel Writers’ Week held in Co. Kerry.
The judges were AL Kennedy and Neel Mukherjee.
You can read more about the announcement on the official blog.