Naomi Krüger



Debut Novel

Novel front cover - May by Naomi Kruger



The door to the past has been locked to May but fragments of memories still remain: a boy running on the green, his fiery hair, a letter without a stamp, a secret she promised not to tell. She can’t piece together the past or even make sense of the present, but she revisits what she knows again and again. The boy, the letter, the secret. She can’t grasp what they mean, but maybe the people she’s loved and lost can uncover the mystery of the red-headed boy and his connection to May.

Like memories, the book moves through the decades, weaving together the lives of May’s family and the woman who cares for her at the nursing home. Their recollections are linked by feelings of doubt, remorse and a sense that they are mourning the paths their lives could have taken. Aftershocks from the past reverberate in the present.

Naomi Kruger’s debut novel is a contemplative tale of what it means to carry the past with you and the power of letting it go.

'A rewarding read: an ambitious novel that speaks to our times.' – Wales Arts Review

'An exquisitely written novel.' – Jan Carson

'A triumph... contemporary, funny, relevant and personal.' – Buzz Magazine

'A deftly-written and highly moving account of the effects of dementia.' – Everybody's Reviewing


Naomi Kruger

Naomi Krüger is a writer and academic based in Lancashire. Her debut novel, May, (Seren, 2018) is partly narrated by a character with dementia and explores the complexity of memory from multiple perspectives. Her short fiction has been published in Wag’s Revue, commended by Aesthetica and commissioned for various anthologies.

In 2021 she was awarded an Eccles Centre Fellowship at the British Library to explore transatlantic connections of faith, conversion, and emigration in early Mormonism as research for her second novel. She has an MA and PhD from Lancaster University, and

is a Senior Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire.

Mon 22nd Aug 2022

News & Events

My short story 'People who want history want history' will be featured as part of the new anthology A Little Unsteadily into Light featuring stories inspired by and exploring the experience of dementia. The book will be published in Autumn 2022 by New Island Press

Podcast Interview on a new short story 'Empire Day' that will be published in the Lancashire Stories Anthology in Autumn 2022

'I Grew up as a Mormon, now I will delve deeper' Lancashire Evening Post article on being awarded an Eccles Centre fellowship to research my 2nd novel


''We have to find more hopeful ways to represent dementia' – Northern Soul Interview

         Upcoming Events

Mon 22nd Aug 2022

Summer Scholars talk on Transatlantic Mormon Connections and Historical Fiction

British Library, London, 12:30-1:30

Previous Events


Wed 15th Sep 2021

Dementia Fiction Festival, Queens University, Belfast (online event)

Sat 28th Sep 2019

All things being equal

Community Performance Night Celebrating Women's Voices

(Supporting Morecambe Foodbank)

The Hothouse, Morecambe, 7:30pm

Sun 9th June 2019

Weekend of Words Festival

Victoria Baths, Manchester


Wed 20th March 2019

Women of the World Festival

Halton Library

Tues 26th Feb 2019

Book Panel (Preston Book Group)

The Townhouse Cafe, Preston

Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 2:30 pm

Leyland Library (Dementia Awareness Week)

Thursday 3rd May 2018, 7pm

Book Launch at Waterstones, Fishergate, Preston

Saturday 28th April 2018, 7pm

Book Launch at Waterstones, King Street, Lancaster 

Thursday 5th April 2018, 7:30pm

First Thursday at Chapter Arts, Cardiff

Friday 23rd Feb 2018, 7:30pm

Reading at Ham & Jam Café, Preston

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