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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. 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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  • Sophie
  • 07-02-16

exceptional

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.

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  • ChrisBis
  • 08-15-16

Loved it

What an aazing performance from Lenny Henry.. One of my favourite audio books to date.

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  • ali brighton
  • 08-11-16

excellent narration

an interesting story well written from the child's perspective. very well narrated by Lenny Henry.

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  • miss sarah goodfellow
  • 07-30-16

excellent

this was a lovely story that i would widely reccomend. it is emotive but its strength is not being realustic rather than sensationalist or syrupy sweet. whist it is set in the 80's i think the experience of children in care has not changed signifigantly. the themes of identdy, belonging and human relationships are all explored artfully making for a good if at times emotional listern. Lenny Henry is one of my favourire narrator's and he has done an excellent job here with his characterisations, a subtle proformance which enhances the story

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  • Alexandra
  • 07-05-16

Brilliant

This book has really surprised me at just how I couldn't stop listening.
I remember the riots and Princess Diana getting married and all that. And it was true portrayal.
What was special was the relationships in the book, between Leon and all around him. But the way those characters were with each other. And I was gripped, by the last bit I was totally gripped.
Thoroughly recommend it. And Lenny of course was the most fantastic reader.
Sorry I've finished it.

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  • gill concannon
  • 06-23-16

Heartfelt and insightful

This book trips along enticing the reader to live each moment alongside Leon. Brilliant.

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  • Mary Dolan-McGowan
  • 03-16-17

Get me more narrations by Lenny Henry!!

downloaded this book on the recommendation of YouTuber Lauren and the Books and was delighted with it.
It's sad and funny at the same time and gave me an insight into 80's Britain one I looked at through the TV as a child in Northern Ireland. Really made me think about a lot of things. This book is a must!

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  • Kate Poels
  • 10-01-16

Truly brilliant

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.

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  • MRS AUDREY MAWBY
  • 09-27-16

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.

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  • Claire
  • 08-11-16

brilliant... but there will be tears!

I really loved this book.
Lenny Henry did such a good job of his emotive performance, that the characters felt very real.

However, be warned; if you are like me a listen whilst commuting... you may need to pack some tissues, as it's pretty hard not to have a tear in your eye at some points!

Don't be put off by that though, it's not a typical tear jerker. It's just a powerful story that pulls you in from the start.

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