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Sal - Mick Kitson

Sal - Mick Kitson

Title: Sal

Author:  Mick Kitson

ISBN:  9781786891877

Weight:  600g

Signed first edition, first printing



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Sal by Mick Kitson

This is a story of something like survival.

Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran.  She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library.  She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using stolen credit cards.  She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos.

And now Sal knows a lot of stuff.  Like how to build a shelter and start a fire.  How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun.  And how to protect her sister, Peppa.  Because Peppa is ten, which is how old Sal was when Robert started on her.

Told in Sal’s distinctive voice, and filled with the silent, dizzying beauty of rural Scotland, Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things.

A rich, wild and heartwarming debut novel about the end of childhood, the strength of a sister’s love and the power of nature to heal even the deepest wounds.

Peer & Press Reviews

Sal is spellbinding, that rare gem of a novel that effortlessly explores what it is to be a human existing in an often brittle and unkind world.  Sal’s voice is one of the most compelling I’ve read in a long time.  A luminous debut.

Sarah Schmidt, author of See What I Have Done

Daring and original…  Manages to feel both contemporary and timeless, both heart-rending and uplifting…  Sal deserves to be one of this year’s hits.


Sal is a triumph.  It’s a modern adventure story of siblings on the run in ‘the Last Great Wilderness’ of Scotland.  But it’s much, much, more than this.  Sal, and her sister Peppa, are vivid and compelling – their relationship and their voices ring utterly true.  Shot through with deft humour and a humane, sometimes harrowing, honesty, Kitson’s characters will stay with me for a very long time.

Jess Kidd, author of Himself

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Sal
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781786891877
ISBN 10: 1786891875
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 233
Size (h x w x d): 221 x 143 x 25mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Alan McCredie
Art direction: Rafaela Romaya
Jacket illustration: Robert Hunter

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