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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal, read by Fiona Shaw. 

Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boardinghouse. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart. 

Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again? 

The Trick to Time is an unforgettable tale of grief, longing, and a love that lasts a lifetime.

©2018 Kit de Waal (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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A precious book.

CAUTION for some listeners. Do make sure you enquire carefully to realize what it is about. You may not be ready for it, yet.
But I am very glad that a courageous writer has written , face on, about something that happens to many of us.
And I respect the writing of a truth and all the confrontations with reality all of us MUST eventually make, with kind, persistent help.. to keep going and to find purchase on the river bed of life.
Thank you.

My breathless admiration too for Fiona Shaw’s skill. I know she is a peerless actor from Becket to Potter but this reading is like Art.
Mind you, it was a bit confronting to be watching her amazing acting in “Killing Eve” at night and listening to her on Audible being people in such a remarkably different story. That’s a fine actor for you.

Go girls. Keep bringing us stories that swing the spotlight round to such utterly different points of view and drawing attention to ways of being that are never shown and acknowledging skills seldom appreciated.
And demonstrating to us all that you can, must, survive.

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  • coolreader
  • 04-23-18

Simply beautiful

Mesmerisingly beautiful. A heartbreaking tale that I couldn’t put down.

The reader is taken into Desdemona’s world and falls completely in love with this kind and gentle woman to whom life has dealt a cruel hand.

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  • 11-28-18

very moving

wonderful book which brought me to tears and was full of so much real emotion. such a difficult topic beautifully explored.

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  • Loopygoose
  • 11-15-18

Exceptional

A beautifully written story, with intrictaly imagined detail, of love and loss and true kindness.

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  • 11-11-18

Stunning in every way

Heartbreaking yet captivating throughout. Beautifully written and read. Didn't want it to end yet couldn't stop listening. A must read / listen.

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  • blueskythinker
  • 10-16-18

Time flies....and shrinks....

This book is not easy. There is a lot of pain but the pain is 'coped with' and eventually overcome. I felt that I had shared Mona's journey. The writing is wonderful and Fiona Shaw's narration is spot on.
Highly recommended.

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  • RA
  • 07-26-18

Surprising until the end

I got totally hooked on this book. So well written and read - a book I will treasure for a long time!

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-17-18

The Most Painful Joy I have Read In A While

Incredible story and narration. As a nurse who trained in the 1970'6 I had experienced what happened in the novel from the perspective of a student nurse and had acted in the same way as the student nurse depicted in this novel (much to the annoyance of my superiors). I am still practicing as a nurse and listening to this book made me think how much my ability to defy the authority of a senior helped a mother to spend time with her child who had died. What an incredible novel sensitive to grief on so many levels though engaging, interesting and very perfect. Made me weep

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  • Ellen
  • 06-27-18

A gem

In my pursuit of something different from my usual audible purchases I tried The Trick to Time and throughly enjoyed it. Is a clever, well written book, sad, reflective, thought provoking and yet uplifting and hopeful.

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  • Margot
  • 06-06-18

Tear jerker

A beautifully written love story. A real tear jerker. I would highly recommend. Well read by narrator.

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  • Mrs L N Timoney
  • 05-30-18

Heartbreaking and beautiful.

Mona’s story is told so gently, so carefully and with such painful grace. I moved through her life with her, growing to love this complex, generous woman. I will truly miss this beautiful book. Kit de Waal is a masterful storyteller and I can’t wait for her next novel.