Spit Against the Wind by Anna Smith

Spit Against the Wind by Anna Smith

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In the summer of 1968, four children in a small Catholic community in the west of Scotland learn a lot about life and growing up. The narrator's elder sister falls pregnant and is sent away, newcomer Tony and his mum fear her violent husband, but there are still the innocent pleasures of childhood.

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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.

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SKU GOR002852758
Title Spit Against the Wind
Author By (author) Anna Smith
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Year Published 2003
Number of Pages 256
ISBN 10 075530358X
ISBN 13 9780755303588
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Description

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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.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR002852758
Title Spit Against the Wind
Author By (author) Anna Smith
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Year Published 2003
Number of Pages 256
ISBN 10 075530358X
ISBN 13 9780755303588
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.