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Sal

(2018)
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'Just *wonderful*. A breath of fresh air in a book. Sal is a story with incredible heart, told so beautifully and with such clarity and grace I can hardly believe it's a debut! I loved it' JOANNA CANNON, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP

AN OBSERVER 'NEW FACE OF FICTION 2018'

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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Just *wonderful*. A breath of fresh air in a book. Sal is a story with incredible heart, told so beautifully and with such clarity and grace I can hardly believe it's a debut! I loved it." - Joanna Cannon

"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

"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

"A genuinely wondrous novel, combining the beautiful rural detail of an Arthur Ransome adventure with a touching story of sisterhood and family trauma. The descriptions of the Scottish landscape are so resonant you can smell the pine needles. It's been a long time since I've felt this involved with a character and her struggle." - Keith Stuart


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Hardback Editions

September 2018 : UK Hardback

Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
ISBN: 1-4448-3806-7 / 978-1-4448-3806-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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March 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
ISBN: 1-78689-187-5 / 978-1-78689-187-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
ISBN: 1-78689-191-3 / 978-1-78689-191-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
ISBN: 1-78689-188-3 / 978-1-78689-188-4 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Kitson,Mick
ISBN: 1-5288-0548-8 / 978-1-5288-0548-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
Publisher: Canongate Books
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March 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
Publisher: Canongate Books
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
Publisher: Canongate Books
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sal
Author(s): Mick Kitson
Publisher: Canongate Books
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