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A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you'd least expect to find one.

**A TIMES and INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER**
**SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2016**
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.
As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile - like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum.
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.

Reviews

A real treat, warm and big-hearted, beautifully written, with lovable characters and a pacey storyline

Sunday Independent

A great read . . . harks back to the likes of Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird

Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4

Startlingly funny. Balances the gritty with the feel good

Observer

A beautiful story told with compassion, urgency and wit

Stephen Kelman author of the Booker-shortlisted, Pigeon English

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241973387

    March 20, 2017

    Penguin General UK

    272 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • EBook

    9780241973394

    June 2, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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