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Spit Against the Wind

(2003)
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In the summer of 1968, four children in a small Catholic community in Lanarkshire in the West of Scotland learn a lot about life and start to grow up. Born to poverty and limited opportunities, they're able nonetheless to enjoy the largely innocent pleasures of childhood but the adult world around them inevitably impinges: the narrator's elder sister, for instance, falls pregnant, no surprise, as she's the village bicycle, and is sent to Ireland to have and give up the child; newcomer Tony and his mum are in danger of real violence at the hands of Tony's violent Polish stepfather; and no child who plays the part of altar boy at the chapel wants to be left alone with the local priest. Observant, clear-sighted in its portrayal of the darker side of life yet utterly warm-hearted, Spit Against The Wind reminds us of the wonders of childhood without sentimentality but with gentle humour and great charm.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

December 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spit Against the Wind
Author(s): Anna Smith
ISBN: 0-7505-2076-0 / 978-0-7505-2076-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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March 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spit Against the Wind
Author(s): Anna Smith
ISBN: 0-7553-0358-X / 978-0-7553-0358-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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Paperback Editions

March 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spit Against the Wind
Author(s): Anna Smith
ISBN: 0-7553-0359-8 / 978-0-7553-0359-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Review
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Audio Editions

May 2004 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Spit Against the Wind
Author(s): Anna Smith
ISBN: 1-85903-695-3 / 978-1-85903-695-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Spit Against the Wind
Author(s): Anna Smith
Publisher: Quercus
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