Without Warning & Only Sometimes: Scenes from an Unpredictable Childhood by Kit de Waal

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Without Warning & Only Sometimes

By Mairéad Hearne (Swirl and Thread)

One of my recent Summer Reads, Kit de Waal’s memoir, is a fascinating, intelligent, charming and affecting read.

Without Warning & Only Sometimes: Scenes from an Unpredictable Childhood takes the reader on a journey back to the 60s and 70s in Birmingham. Born to a Caribbean father and an Irish mother, life was very tough growing up in a home where ‘both her parents were waiting for paradise. It never came’

Exploring the extraordinary years of her youth with a mother insisting she and her siblings attend regular Jehovah Witness assemblies and a flamboyant father with dreams of returning to his native St Kitts, Kit (Mandy Theresa O’ Loughlin) made plans to escape from a young age.

Her experiences through these years are wonderfully captured with a poignancy and a sense of achievement.

Just published with Tinder Press, Without Warning & Only Sometimes is an engaging and beautiful journey that gives an insight into the remarkable path taken by a curious little girl to become a reader and the writer we all are familiar with today.

Without Warning & Only Sometimes“I turn the page and keep reading. I’m going to live” – Mandy Theresa O’ Loughlin/Kit de Waal

(c) Mairéad Hearne (Swirl and Thread)

Order your copy online here.

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