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

'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

I am a writer and academic. My fiction has previously been commissioned by Lancaster Litfest, commended in Aesthetica and published in various literary journals. My first novel manuscript was highly commended in the Yeovil Prize 2014.  

I have an MA and PhD from Lancaster University and currently research representations of cognitive impairment in fiction as well as working on new writing projects. I lecture in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire as well as being one half of North West Literary Arts (facilitating events and community projects).

Friday 23rd Feb 2018, 7:30pm

Reading at Ham & Jam Café, Preston

Thursday 5th April 2018, 7:30pm

First Thursday at Chapter Arts, Cardiff

Wed 11th April 2018, 6pm

University of Central Lancashire

Saturday 28th April 2018, 7pm

Book Launch at Waterstones, King Street, Lancaster 

Thursday 3rd May 2018, 7pm

Book Launch at Waterstones, Fishergate, Preston

Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 2:30 pm

Leyland Library (Dementia Awareness Week)

News & Events 


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

         Upcoming Events

Sat 28th Sep 2019

All things being equal

Community Performance Night Celebrating Women's Voices

(Supporting Morecambe Foodbank)

The Hothouse, Morecambe, 7:30pm

Previous Events
Front covers of books chosen as much anticipated in 2018

Tues 26th Feb 2019

Book Panel (Preston Book Group)

The Townhouse Cafe, Preston

Wed 20th March 2019

Women of the World Festival

Halton Library

Sun 9th June 2019

Weekend of Words Festival

Victoria Baths, Manchester

I am available for readings, workshops, interviews and events. Please contact me with any enquiries.


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