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Author: Mick Kitson
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Set against an enchanting backdrop of snow and Scottish woods, this rousing debut possesses a certain uniqueness that sets it apart from other fiction novels. Sal is exposed to some of life’s harshest adversities at a cruelly young age, inflicted on her by her feckless parents. She tolerates it until her younger sister Peppa is threatened, and Sal decides she will do anything it takes to protect her. Using her intelligence and unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Sal and her sister escape to the woods and they survive, catching fish and building fires. They create their own world amid the serenity of the mountains and streams, enduring both good times and hardships along the way. Bear Grylls and Les Stroud enthusiasts will relish this book for its authentic depictions of surviving in the wild. Mick Kitson’s distinctive premiere novel is written from Sal’s perspective; A strong Scottish accent spewing an entertaining mixture of slang and colloquialism. This makes Sal an easy read from the language perspective, but all the more heartbreaking, poignant and beautiful. You will fall in love with these characters just like I did: Sal, for her bravery and intellect, and Peppa, for her fierce spirit and exuberance. April Vanner (Guest Reviewer)


'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


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.


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 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 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 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, author of A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS

Author description

Mick Kitson was born in South Wales, and studied English at university before launching the prolific 80's pop band, The Senators, with his brother Jim. He worked as a journalist for several years, then went on to become an English teacher. Mick lives in Fife, Scotland with his wife Jill and bad-tempered dog Lucy. He has three grown-up children, and spends more time than is good for him fly fishing for sea trout, reading, playing the banjo and growing strawberries. He also builds boats. Sal is his first novel.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781786891884
  • : Canongate Books
  • : Canongate Books
  • : March 2018
  • : 214mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 240
  • : Mick Kitson