‘Ambition is important, and you need a bounceable quality for the demands of this world’ – Kit de Waal

The acclaimed novelist on her favourite comfort food, her motto for life and her greatest achievement to date

Kit de Waal: ‘No font can disguise bad writing.’ Picture: Justin David

Born in Birmingham, Kit de Waal is a novelist, editor and non-fiction writer. Her debut novel, My Name Is Leon, won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and her second, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Before getting into writing, De Waal worked for many years in criminal and family law, and as a magistrate. “Then I started writing,” she says, “and rabid ambition bit hard. I ...