Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes alumna signs three-book deal with Penguin

Tuesday, 06 January 2015


MA Creative Writing graduate, Mandy (Kit) de Waal, has signed a three-book deal with Viking Books, part of the Penguin Books stable.

This high profile breakthrough follows a string of awards in 2014: Mandy won both the Bridport Flash Fiction and the SI Leeds Literary Reader’s Choice prizes, along with second place in both the Costa Short Story and Bath Short Story awards.

Writing as Kit de Waal, her first novel My Name is Leon is a dazzlingly painful and uplifting story that takes the reader inside the mind of Leon, a little boy who faces a world where adults say one thing but mean another, and strangers are allowed to take his baby brother.

On acquiring the book for Viking, Publishing Director Venetia Butterfield said, “My Name is Leon is a truly extraordinary novel; heart-wrenching and powerful, its characters leap off the page. I'm thrilled to be publishing a major new talent.”

This is just great. Every writer dreams of being published but to have this level of commitment from Viking is unbelievable. I keep looking at myself in the mirror and saying, 'Really?!' Kit de Waal
My Name is Leon will be published by Viking in 2016.