SIM Ep 763 Chops 262: Only sometimes, with Kit de Waal

Standard Issue favourite Kit de Waal always knew she’d had a strange childhood. One of five siblings brought up in relative poverty in Birmingham by her Irish Catholic mother and West Indian father, she was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. In her new memoir, Without Warning and Only Sometimes: Scenes from an Unpredictable Childhood, she ditches her usual novel format to write with warmth and candour about her own life experiences.

In this week’s Chops, she chats to Jen about the book and her family, as well as the ongoing travesty of food poverty, the advantages of growing up in a dual-heritage household, and the freedom of writing non-fiction.

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