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. Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how - just when we least expect it - we manage to find our way home.
©2016 Kit de Waal (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK
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Such a wonderful poignant, heartbreaking and touching read with being hilarious too, told with the innocent voice of the protagonist. The setting location is perfect and should be used in modern fiction more often.... A must read.... beautiful. Also for audio book listeners Lenny Henry does a thoroughly excellent job I was pleasantly surprised. He immerses one into each and every character giving them all a unique voice.
"Heartfelt and insightful"
This book trips along enticing the reader to live each moment alongside Leon. Brilliant.
A wonderful insight into a child's world with many cleverly crafted links. Sadly, not all looked after children find such a secure home.
"So sad but well worth the listen"
Loved this story even though it was sad in parts.
Fell in love with Leon and wanted to protect him.
Wonderful narration, great story.
Well done Lenny Henry beautifully read!!
"Excellent story telling by Lenny Henry"
I really enjoyed this book - not my usual choice of genre, but glad I read it, especially as an audible book. Kit de Waal has done a great job of writing this book, but I think Lenny Henry in his narration brought the characters to life.
Lennie Henry telling this story made it feel that you knew the character that you knew his mind and how he thought story telling at its best
"Lenny Brings Leon to Life"
Based in the background of early 80s Britain, with the political and racial outrage.
The book is told in first person of a boy called Leon who is taken into foster care with his baby brother Jake. Jake is white, whereas Leon is mixed race, and the social workers have said that Jake is prime material for adoption because he’s a small white baby. Whereas Leon is a mixed race 9 year old boy, so they maybe separated.
It is a heart breaking, wonderfully crafted and emotive book, it’s a family love story, a love between brothers, so many different kinds of love.
The audiobook is narrated my Lenny Henry, who’s voice and acting skill brings it to life in ways I don’t think even the author expected. Lenny has a great way of making his voice very small and the character of Leon is just pulled into being.
This will be the first in a series of books about Leon and his life, which I think is really cool. It will be interesting to see how this young boy grows into a man over the scape of other books.
The emotion in lennys voice, he can make himself so small.
Yes, it was addictive and compelling, I didn't want to turn it off.
This is a poignant, moving and heart lifting story of a group of absolutely real characters. Lenny Henry brings Leon's world to life so believably with his own style that I was invested in each one of them from the beginning. The only problem with Kit's book is that I have finished it and feel bereft as though I'm missing friends! Hugely recommend.
"Love is not enough"
I liked Leon and understood how much he loved his family members and marvelled at how much he was prepared to do for them.in their own way they all love him, but are unable to keep him.
The writer and the reader get right inside his head and tell a gripping story.
What an aazing performance from Lenny Henry.. One of my favourite audio books to date.
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