Sal

Mick Kitson
Canongate, £8.99
by SRB

Books of the Year 2018 – A Literary Advent Calendar

December 21, 2018 | by SRB

 

We’ve asked Scotland’s leading writers, booksellers, festival directors and critics to pick one, or two, books — published this year or in the past — that they most enjoyed reading in 2018. There will be new selections every day throughout December — so keep reading for great ideas about what to read next and visit your nearest high street bookshop to purchase your Christmas gifts! Today’s selection is from Lyndsey Skinner.

Sal
By Mick Kitson

Mick Kitson’s debut novel, Sal, follows two working class sisters – 13-year-old Sal and 10-year-old Peppa – as they go on the run after events with their alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend reach a dramatic head. Armed with YouTube videos and survival supplies bought from Amazon, they create a new home for themselves in the Galloway Forest. For all its pitch dark foundations, this is a warm, funny and beautifully rendered book that I found difficult to put down. Written in Sal’s distinctive and unpretentious voice, it sparkles with descriptions of the snow-blanketed forest, the fierce bond between two sisters and the glory of total rural isolation.

Lyndsey Skinner is currently participating in the Scottish Review of Books’ Emerging Critics programme. You can follow her on Twitter @lyndseyskinner.

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